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Pastor David Hicks

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Laying his hand on the shoulder of a young monk one day, St. Francis of Assisi said, "Brother, let us go down to the town and preach." So they went forth together. They conversed as they went on their way. They walked down main streets, round the lowly alleys and lanes, on to the edge of the village and beyond. Finally they turned back, and entered the monastery again. In a tone of surprise, the young monk asked, "Father, when shall we begin to preach?" St. Francis looked kindly at the young man and said, "My child, we have been preaching: we were preaching while we were walking. We have been seen, looked at; our behavior has been remarked; and so we have delivered a morning's sermon. Ah! my son, it is of no use that we walk anywhere to preach unless we preach as we walk."

"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ sent through us. This letter is not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. It is not written on stone tablets but on human hearts" (New Century Version).

David Hicks, Pastor

Hawkins First United Methodist Church