Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

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
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth September 2018: New Beginnings- Every year about this time, most of us feel a part of the great ritual of beginning a new school year. For many of us, it has been a number of years since we were directly a part of the new school year hubbub as a student or as the parent of a student. Some feel blessed to relive it through grandparenting or even great-grandparenting. Some just cherish their own memories of a past time as a student when their personal experiences were perhaps a mixture of anticipation for new opportunities and new people, and the nervousness that can accompany those very same things — new opportunities and new people. We are alike in so many ways, yet different, in many ways as well, but… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison Pecan Street Mission News: September 2018- Pecan Street Mission Planting Seeds of Love Wow! What an incredible first Preview Worship for Pecan Street Mission last month! Like at Easter, God far surpassed our expectations! 52 people from across the generations gathered together for worship, we made many new friends, and celebrated the love of God being made flesh in this community called Pecan Street Mission! I'm most excited about the notes of love & encouragement that went out to our 98 elementary and preschool teachers serving across Decatur ISD. During worship, we had an opportunity to put hands and feet to our faith by writing short notes of thanks and encouragement to shower our teachers with love. School officially started a few weeks ago, and I know these teachers have already… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth August 2018: Growth and Patterns of Life- With triple-digit temperatures and cracks appearing in the ground it’s a challenge to think about new things, especially growth. Meteorologists remind us of past heat waves and record-drought conditions already in the history books, and then tell us what to expect in the coming days. It sounds dismal, but we continue to hope and pray for rain so that our livestock might have grass to eat and water to drink, that ponds and lakes refill, and that colors of life return to plants, trees, and foliage. This is the pattern or cycle we all expect following dry and hot conditions. We just never know the timing on the relief part of the pattern. Last week, the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion was held. Talk about… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison August 2018: Pecan Street Mission- Pecan Street Mission Preview Worship Season When I arrived at FUMC Decatur 13 months ago, one of the first questions someone asked me was, “So, when is the new worship service starting?!” I’m incredibly excited to share that this month, (in just over a week!) we will host our very first “Preview Worship” for Pecan Street Mission! On Sunday morning, August 12, 2018, at 10:45 a.m., Pecan Street Mission will gather in Asbury Hall for the first of four Preview Worship services this fall! These next four months will be a soft-launch or preview season for us. Much like when a new restaurant comes to town, there are all sorts of logistics to work through as we prepare to launch weekly worship in December 2018.… Read More