This past Sunday we were graced with the presence of Rev. Karl Sokol, his wife, Ann, and their 4 children. Pastor Karl and Ann were here at IPUMC 10 years ago, when Karl was our student pastor. Now, he and Ann are trying to start a new church in Brookfield, IL - Compassion United Methodist Church of Brookfield, Illinois - a new Faith Community. http://compassionumc.com
It was a pleasure having Pastor Karl deliver the sermon on Sunday. Pastor Karl's message was titled, "Get to Work". We were reminded that the kingdom of God is here now, but not yet fulfilled. Jesus says that all barriers among people have been removed. Yet, we still have pain, torment, and sorrow. We are to be God's witnesses to the end of the earth, living as if we are brothers and sisters.
Pastor Karl emphasized that there is a promise of life and we can have it abundantly. We need to take on the character of Jesus, showing love, compassion, and being a beacon of love. We are to look out for the ends of the earth and tell Jesus' story. We are to be laborers for Christ, doing the work of God. Are you ready to "get to work"?