Lindsey Wilson College Celebrates Its Methodist Heritage
COLUMBIA, KY. -- The Lindsey Wilson College community celebrated its connection to The United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 21, during the annual Church College Celebration Day.
The college - which is affiliated with the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church - held Church College Celebration Day in V.P. Henry Auditorium. Church College Celebration Day was started more than 20 years ago by then-LWC Provost and Dean of the Faculty Walter S. Reuling as an expression of the college's relationship with The United Methodist Church, which dates to LWC's founding in 1903.
The ceremony consisted of songs of worship, scripture readings, a college and church affirmation by LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., and a message by Rev. Janet Carden, Superintendent for the South Central District of the Kentucky Conference.
During his affirmation, Luckey upheld Lindsey Wilson's commitment to the United Methodist Church and the college's responsibility to honor religious practice and Christian tradition within the totality of the college.
"We affirm our commitment to the church by including in our faculty, staff and trustees, persons who are value-centered and understand and respect the relationship with the United Methodist Church," said Luckey who has served as the eighth president of LWC since 1998. "We commit to expanding the impact of our faith and service beyond the boundaries of this campus and into this community, across this country and around the world."
Rev. Carden's sermon was a message of redemption, restoration and renewal. Quoting from the Gospel of Mark, Carden told of the passage about a woman of unwavering faith who was seeking Jesus to be delivered from a 12-year illness.
“The scripture tells us that as soon as she touched his garment she was healed. …and I hope that you are asking yourself, ‘where in this story am I?’
Carden recounted times in her own life when she needed Jesus’ healing power.
“As I thought about those three terms – redeem, renew and restore,” said Carden. “I know there have been times in my life that I have been seeking to be free from what distresses me, to change for the better, to make new and to restore and find that fresh beginning.”
And she said that we are like the crowd of people, reaching out to Jesus during the difficult parts of our lives.
“And I know perhaps, maybe you have been there in your life too. We are like the crowd of people in this story today, trying to reach Jesus, touch the hem of his garment and find redemption and restoration and find that healing power. I don’t know about you but I need to be redeemed, renewed and restored each and every day of life. Life is difficult and I know in the midst of all of it, I need Jesus. So where are you in this story? Better yet I’ll ask you this question, the question I always ask my congregation. How is it with your soul today?”
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