Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

Rev. Donny Haywood November 2022: Give Time to Jesus - Greetings folks. It’s hard to believe that we are getting to the end of the year. The busy time. Halloween is upon us. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Then Advent. Then Christmas. The song says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But there are many among us who don’t look forward to this season. Maybe they have lost a loved one, or struggling financially, or hasn’t had a good experience with that in the past. Our Advent studies show that we celebrate the peace, joy, hope, and love of the Jesus story. We are drawn into the little town of Bethlehem, amidst the animals and the dirt. Past the crowd and into the space where Mary and Joseph bed down… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood September 2022: Words are Powerful - "Words are the most powerful thing in the universe... Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind." — Charles Capps I’ve noticed, and more so lately, that people don’t think through what they say to others. I think people feel like their right to express themselves doesn’t have boundaries. This week, a pastor friend called out someone who had said some hateful things. And he made a joke about it to keep it light. He was then berated relentlessly by people from everywhere. The last thing I read was a man telling him that he was a sorry excuse for a Christian and that he would burn in hell. Couple things bother me: First, why was this person so… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood August 2022: The Race Before us - Greetings friends. It has been a fast few weeks. I wanted to say a quick thank you for the many gifts that we received in our grandparent shower. We are blessed to be a part of such a loving and supportive community. Little Indy arrived on June 30th, and our lives have been completely changed. He is way more than we could have asked or imagined. No doubt, he is a blessing from above. We celebrated a year in Decatur on the 11th. Christi and I have enjoyed our time and getting to know everyone. I know I still have many to meet and much work to do. And I am excited about where God is leading us. On the 12th, I wrecked my truck.… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood July 2022: Keep Moving Forward - Greetings from the nerve center of the church. (I’m referring to my office. haha) First, I want to say “thank you” for the wonderful showering of gifts for Christi and I. Your generosity amazes us. At the time of writing this article, we are less than 3 days away from Indy making his appearance and changing our lives forever. Next, this week we will celebrate our year anniversary in your church. We have seen lotsa changes in the last 12 months. I hope mostly for the good. Some were difficult. But I think that we are growing and maturing. We are making disciples and seeking to take care of the people in our mission field. We are seeing children, and youth, and the senior members… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood May 2022: Habit of Worship - Greetings! Well, we have made it through Lent and Easter, and we are headed toward the end of school and summer. I was excited to be a part of this Easter season in Decatur. Now is a time to celebrate accomplishments and begin to look at our summer plans. I know many of you will be taking vacations. Many will be doing staycations. Both are great ideas for unwinding and making time for family. I encourage both. But I urge you to stay in the habit of worship. It’s easy to let yourself miss Sunday after Sunday once you miss a week or two. But the body of Christ needs all its parts. Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “And let us not neglect our meeting together,… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood March 2022: Stewardship - In the spring of 2020, our lives changed dramatically, as the Coronavirus hit our nation and Texas. It affected how and where we could work, eat, gather, serve, and worship. Churches were closed to public worship, but clergy and parishioners at The Decatur First United Methodist Church stepped forward to assure ministry continued. Through activities such as virtual and online worship, Bible Study, and the mobile food pantry, we responded, in both word and action. This time of challenges has reminded us that financial support, in the form of tithes and offerings, is necessary to carry out the church’s mission. Whether we gather for worship inside our building, in our parking lots, or online, we continue to be the body of Christ through our prayers,… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood February 2022: Pay it Forward Attitude - A Pay It Forward Attitude It began with a gentleman at a Dairy Queen. He said, “I’d also like to pay for the car behind me.” The girl rang up the two orders and thought that would be the end of it. But two days and hundreds of cars later, she and the rest of the crew were still ringing up “pay it forward” orders. After a year filled with old covid, new covid, and news of selfishness, injustice, and violence, this story offers a peace to our souls.  It’s not huge. It’s not going to turn the tide of the coronavirus or cure cancer. It is not going to end racism or hatred. Instead, it offers us hope through generosity and caring. The ones who continued the… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood January 2022: Revival - Happy New Year! I pray that this letter finds you full of all the peace, hope, love, and joy that the Christmas season offers. I hope that you had some time to relax, be with family, nap, and any other things that you might have wanted to do. I have been thinking and praying about what 2022 will look like at The Decatur First United Methodist Church. I think we have been through a storm. 2020 and 2021 have been taxing on everyone. We have seen friends come and go. We have buried loved ones. We have seen churches close and the birth of widespread virtual ministry. We have also seen changes in leadership and staff. From the outside looking in, it might seem like… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood December 2021: A Wonderful Day - Greetings friends! We are down to the last 30-ish days of 2021. Overall, I think it’s been pretty good. As I look back over the past several months, specifically since July 1, I’ve had some really good days. I have already mentioned it, but I am so happy to be here. And I know that there are many great days ahead. I think it is important to see the possibilities of each new day. Maya Angelou said, “This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” Those are words well spoken.What if we approach the Christmas celebration, the New Year, and every day after with that attitude? How amazing would that make our days? Psalm 118:24 reads, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood November 2021: Offer Thanks - In the original Roman calendar, November was the ninth month of the year. It got it's name from the Latin word "novem" which means nine. But it became the eleventh month when the Romans added January and February. November has often been thought of as a somber month because it signaled the beginning of winter. People would spend the month storing up their harvest and preparing their food and homes to survive the winter. I don’t know about you, but November isn’t somber to me. And I’ve never thought of it that way. It’s not summer or spring, but November holds promise. We have the changing leaves and the cooler temps. We have a month of intentional Thanksgiving. It serves as a reminder of all… Read More