Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Church started in Memphis prison

By Lane Gardner Camp, director of communications, The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church:

“Have you ever been pursued?” It’s a question that drew some laughter when posed by Bishop Bill McAlilly during a Feb. 16 worship service at Grace Place UMC in Memphis. Grace Place UMC, realize, is located inside a female prison – the Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center (MLCC), part of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). Only McAlilly wasn’t referring to being pursued by law enforcement. He was talking about being pursued by God.
McAlilly illuminated his question with a sermon based on what he called the “familiar and friendly words” of the Psalm 23 that comfort men and women throughout the entirety of their lives by providing hope.
“Even when we’re not good, God’s goodness and kindness pursue us,” said McAlilly, who described the God of Psalm 23 as the One who “pursues us so we might not walk alone.”

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