The Mission of Mayo United Methodist Church is to be a family of believers, living and sharing Christ’s love.
Our Vision is to become a community of Disciple Makers reaching out and encouraging the next generation of believers.
We are located in Mayo, Maryland in a one-story building.
All are welcome!
Greetings from Our Pastor
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
During his sermon on the mount, Jesus offered the following to his followers, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
You may remember from childhood the song, “This Little Light of Mine,” which is based on this passage. The idea is to let your light shine; not to hide it, or let someone blow it out, or keep it to yourself, but to shine it all around the world.
The imagery of light and darkness is used throughout the gospels, especially by Jesus. Think of the opening passage to the book of John, “The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world.” (John 1:9); Or the prophesy from Isaiah, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.” (Is 9:2) Jesus’ love or God’s love through the earthly life of Jesus is the source of light because we let that love shine through us.
Most people I know struggle in the month of February because they hunger for sunlight, but it is still winter here in Maryland and the night/darkness is still long. Think of how people deal with this issue. Some go to other places where there is more light; some create false light and try to replace the sunshine; some take medication to get them through the darkness; and some, prayerfully wait for the long days of summer to return.
As people deal with the darkness of the world like violence, war, conflict, anger, depression, and more, they truly need some light in their lives. When people can’t find that light at church or through their family of faith, they look for it elsewhere, turn to false promises of light, and their darkness deepens, often leading to medical intervention. And yes, some prayerfully wait for things to change.
At Mayo UMC let us seek to let our light never be hidden or diminished. Instead, let's be light-bearers and even seek to increase our light. Let’s not wait for something to change, but create the change we want to see in our church, our community, and our world. This is another way of exploring discipleship.
So far we have talked about persons with special needs, issues of hunger, issues of shelter, and in February, we will be looking at issues of aging, the challenges unique to those who have aged past 65. From changes in our bodies to financial challenges to life-changing decisions, there is a lot that our elders deal with on a daily basis. Whether we are younger or older, how can we work to ensure their world is not full of darkness? How can we shine some light into their lives?
As we move toward the season of Lent and Easter, let us take a moment and grow in our awareness, advocacy, and action (AAA Church) for those who ensured Mayo UMC would be there for all of us.
Peace, love, and blessings,