Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

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
Rev. Donny Haywood October 2021: Time is Valuable - Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Newsletter articles are tough. What can I say in a page that is worthy of your time? Your time is valuable. And often, it seems like there is so little of it to go around. On Sundays, I try to respect the time that you have set aside for worship. I do not like to go over the gift of an hour. I grew up in churches where that was an every week occurrence. But it is my belief, that if you steal from people often enough, they will begin to quit coming. I love the Fall. We have begun to see milder temperatures (at least for a few days). High school football is once again… Read More
Rev. Donny Haywood August 2021: Contagious Gratefulness - Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I think that when we greet each other, it is understood that we are greeting each other to the glory of God. We are, in fact, created to be in relationship to God and to each other, and to praise God with our whole being. That’s one of the great joys of our lives. Created by God, for God. And everything we do is a thankful response for the life we have been given. It really puts our existence into perspective, don’t you think? Psalm 100:4-5 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,… Read More
December 2020: Company’s Coming - Do you remember the excitement of trimming the tree, the baking, the gifting, and the joy as we prepared for Christmas morning?  The greatest joy  was seeing all the company gather for Christmas festivities.  This year more than ever, we anticipate the guest of honor – Jesus!  This is an upbeat, festive kind of series, one filled with anticipation and a personal preparation for the Christ in our own lives.  Let’s celebrate the joy of the wait with oodles of Christmas carols, bells, special music, and traditional Advent Wreath readings!  Join us each week in the Sanctuary or online @FUMCDecaturTX.  Week 1 – November 29, 2020 – This Place Is a Mess!Mark 13:24-37 Week 2 - December 6, 2020 – Clean-Up CrewMark 1:1-8 Week 3 – December… Read More
October 2020: Generosity - Generosity is one of our most powerful and transformative spiritual practices as Christians. When we invest our lives and our livelihoods in the work of God’s Kingdom, our lives and the lives of others around us are radically enriched. Generosity, much like discipleship, is not a solo endeavor. As individuals and as a community of faith, we are who we are today because of the extravagant generosity of those who have come before us, those who through investing their lives in ours taught us the joy of giving ourselves away. We in turn pass on lives of extravagant generosity to others. So what lies at the core of generosity that we pass along from generation to generation? What are the practices and principles which shape… Read More