Bishop Devadhar visits North Searsport United Methodist Church for bicentennial worship service
On June 22, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar honored the North Searsport United Methodist Church by leading worship at the June bicentennial celebration. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Prema Devadhar. His sermon, titled “Our Marching Orders,” spoke to the church’s Wesleyan heritage and North Searsport's long dedication to these principles. He gave several examples of how one person's dedication to an effort makes a difference. One example was Mother Theresa, who began her ministry by leaving the convent and taking the love of Christ and his people into the streets of Calcutta. The long term result has been the establishment of the Sisters of Charity, which now makes a humanitarian impact in many countries.
Summarizing the uplifting worship offerings and the humble caregiving and history of our country church responding to community needs, he encouraged hearers to draw inspiration from that rich history and, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to carry it forward for future generations.
This was a joint service with Northport UMC's sister church, Searsport United Methodist Church. Old hymns, many written by Charles Wesley, brother to Methodist founder John Wesley, were sung, accompanied by Nancy Cole at the antique organ. The Searsport Church choir, joined by NSUMC lay leader Judy Staples, sang a most appropriate hymn, “Church in the Wildwood.” Bishop Devadhar served communion assisted by the pastor, the Rev. Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell.
The service was followed by a home cooked meal of turkey, ham and various salads served at the Christian Center. The delicious cupcakes were furnished by the Searsport church. It is always inspiring to have fellowship with other churches. Members of other area Methodist churches also joined our celebration, as well as fellow Christians of several denominations.
Traveling a great distance was Nancy Morley, former Searsport librarian, and wife of the late Rev. William Morley who served NSUMC in the 1980s, and their son Robert.
To quote one of our dear saints of NSUMC who used to write for this paper, “And a good time was had by all.”
The bicentennial celebrations continue throughout the year! Look for the church float in the Searsport Fourth of July parade. A campout and outdoor worship service are planned for August 23-24 at the Tripp Ampitheater. Several former pastors will join us for upcoming events. Check the church Facebook page and newspaper for dates.