Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth April 2019: New Life and New Growth- I always enjoy this time of year. So many things happen, like Easter (of course), another change of seasons, “March Madness” (college basketball tournament), longer afternoons so more time outdoors, and so much more. These are just a few of the things I have grown accustomed to each happening year at this time and actually look forward to them, especially in the more dreary days of the winter. But this time of year also offers opportunity for new things and new experiences. A few years ago (during this same time of year), I was at a meeting with several local pastors. As usual, we included in our discussions the things that were occurring in each of our churches and to my surprise, one of the… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison April 2019: A Moment of Celebration & Gratitude- When I was 18-years old, the summer after graduating high school, my pastor insisted on taking me to lunch before I left for college. Over hamburgers, he asked me whether I had ever considered that God might be calling me into ministry. As an 18-year old, I had some basic inkling I wanted to spend my life serving others – loving God & my neighbors with everything I have. In that moment, and in countless moments since, God has consistently spoken to me through the voice of the Church. It has been pastors, mentors, Sunday School teachers, youth pastors, campus ministers, professors, friends, colleagues, and congregation members who have seen gifts & graces in me that I was not yet able to even see in… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth March 2019: General Conference- As I write this, I am aware that our United Methodist General Conference is underway in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting was called as a special session (we normally have general Conference once every four years and 2020 is our next regular General Conference) to address issues around human sexuality. The United Methodist Church has been debating this issue and the Church’s official understanding and therefore Church polity for over 40 years. In the last few General Conferences, the issue and what the Church does or does not do as we move forward has often caused some very emotional and heartfelt responses from a broad spectrum of our United Methodist Church members. The discussions, debates, posturing, and attempts to make decisions at earlier General Conferences… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison March 2019: When the Church Gets it Wrong- These past six days I've been in St. Louis, gathered with United Methodists from across the world for a Special Session of our General Conference. The intent of this Special Session was to find a way forward from our current impasse regarding the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of our denomination. Rather than moving forward with the plan proposed by a vast majority of our bishops - and supported by a majority of delegates from the United States - the General Conference chose by a 53% majority to instead double-down on our current stance of excluding LGBTQ+ persons from the life of our Church. This week, the United Methodist Church once again got it wrong. As Methodists, we are no strangers to… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth February 2019: The Methodist Movement- In 1745, John Wesley established the first of what would become a yearly Conference, whereby Wesley had the opportunity to meet with his preachers and discuss matters of polity and procedures in the Methodist movement according to Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard Heitzenrater. At that first Conference in 1745, there were 3 members of the clergy and 6 laypersons (most of the 6 were serving as lay preachers) who met with Wesley. Over time, these yearly or annual Conferences would work to address other needs of this missional minded and growing movement. The Methodist movement in what we now know as the United States faced its own sets of concerns and challenges as it to evolved from a movement under the umbrella… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison February 2019: Now it Springs Forth! The View from Pecan Street- Two months ago, at the start of Advent, we celebrated the Grand Launch of weekly worship at Pecan Street Mission. This is a dream that has long been in the making here in the First Methodist family. The voice of God has long been whispering among this community, “Behold, I am about to do a new thing…” Where there used to sit an old Fire Station, this community heard the whisper of God’s dream for what became the Methodist Activity Center. Where Asbury Hall used to sit empty on Sunday mornings, this community heard the whisper of God’s dream for what has become Pecan Street Mission. The voice of God now whispers, “Behold, I am about to do a new thing – now it springs… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison December 2018: Launch & Advent: A Meditation on Waiting- Advent is a season of expectant waiting and active preparation. We prepare our worship spaces and homes with decorations, we prepare by buying and making gifts to show people how much we love them, we prepare our hearts and lives to once again welcome in the Christ Child. Much like John the Baptist, in the season of Advent we are about the work of “preparing the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). Over the past 18 months, we have been in a long season of expectant waiting and active preparation working towards the launch of Pecan Street Mission. What began as a dozen people dreaming around a dinner table in December 2017 will culminate this Advent in the Grand Launch of our new modern worship community.… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth November 2018: Communication- We recently had a malfunction with the garage door at the parsonage. While the door needed professional attention and clearly nobody was at fault with the mechanical movement of the door going awry, the communication about the malfunctioning door is what caught my attention. I think I can say that the communication that day was worse than the malfunction itself. One might say there was a communication malfunction that led to unnecessary stress. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “communication” as “transmitting, or giving or exchanging information.” Our communication malfunction began when I failed to hear and comprehend what Melissa had given me. I had already left the house and was out of town when she told me the garage door was off the track. I… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison November 2018: Countdown to Launch- We are just a month away from the grand launch of weekly worship at Pecan Street Mission! It has been a fantastic preview season so far and we’ve come a long way this fall! (By the way, if you haven’t yet attended a preview worship, there’s one more chance on Sunday, November 11). If you’ve been in Asbury Hall recently, you may have noticed we’ve begun to transform the area into a modern worship space. Thanks to a labor of love with reclaimed pallets, Edison bulbs, Ikea lamps, new rugs and curtains — when you walk into Asbury Hall at 10:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning, it looks and feels like sacred space. Our extremely gifted new worship leader, Sean Henderson, has been hard at… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison October 2018: Measure Your Life in Love- True Confession: I have a major soft spot for musicals. Broadway musicals, high school theater, musical film — you name, I love it. From the cast of Wicked onstage at Fair Park to the Berkner High production of Sound of Music, I just love musicals. One of my early favorites is the movie version of Rent. The opening number, “Seasons of Love,” asks a profound question — How does one measure a life? Is a life measured in the number of years lived? In the 525,600 minutes that make up each year? Can a life be measured in daylights, sunsets, midnights, or cups of coffee? Is a life measured by the bridges burned, tears cried, truths learned, or the way one died? How about love?… Read More