Pastor Brad’s Blog – August 18, 2021

“Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:23-25 (CEB)


            I can across this passage recently and two things jumped out at me that I feel like speak to our right now. The first is the usage of the word “reliable” in the first sentence, because of all the ways we can describe God it is a very practical word to use for the creator of all things. Take a moment and think of all the words or phrases you can think of to describe the Lord right off the top of your head. There may be some that you personally relate to, some you hear repeatedly, or those words you heard early on that are just stuck in your head. I first go to God’s power, majesty, grace, and love. The big stuff, really.

          Thinking of God as reliable really brings the Lord into our daily life and into the seemingly mundane aspects of existence that God very much cares about, but too often we don’t look for Him there. When I think of what is reliable in my life I think of my car, certain comfortable clothes, and some tools I have come to use frequently. Things I carry around in my daily life and reach for without thinking, which is exactly who God can and wants to be in our lives.

          The next thing that jumped out at me is what the second sentence says about how we can relate to and motivate one another in faith. What does it mean to “consider each other carefully” and what does sparking love and good deeds look like? I would say most of the world is having to reevaluate and redefine community in the post-pandemic world. The question of how we do it and what it looks like are going to take a long time to answer, but I believe this passage from Hebrews gives us a reminder and head start on re-understanding our Why. Why do we come together as sisters and brothers in Christ? Putting it simply, I would say it is for mutual spiritual support and to better present the Gospel to the world.

           How this passage from Scripture uses the word spark again takes a massive concept and makes it practical and relatable. The burden of all the work, of victory, is not on us because God is the one who wins and gets us there anyway. Our work is to make sure that spark of the Kingdom of God is alive and nurtured in each other. From there, we as the Body of Christ can bring that glimpse of what is and will be into the world to not force but help and motivate all peoples to come back home to the Father. In these continued uncertain times, may we all hold and shine the steadfast light of the Lord.


Forward in Faith,
           Pastor Brad




June 15, 2021 Pastor’s Blog

2 Chronicles 7:14 gives us this word from God, “if my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land” (CEB). In the last several weeks I have been spending a lot of time reflecting and praying on how I, and all of us, can follow Jesus and better model righteous living for others through our struggles.  So often we think that we need to be better or more certain or stronger in at least one way in our faith lives. I would argue that these are unrealistic standards we put upon ourselves in the vein pursuit of perfection. And they’re just easy ways to let ourselves off the hook on a lot of things so we can stay where we are comfortable.  

If we tell ourselves that there is a more competent or more equipped person out there that would be better at whatever task God has set before us, then we are not saying no to the Lord. Suddenly, we can convince ourselves that we are doing God and everyone a favor so the “best” person can take care of things. What would happen if we set the idol of perfection aside? Things might get a little uncomfortable now that we don’t have any more excuses or reasons to try and play like a get out of jail free card. As God so often does, He meets us amid our stepping out in faith to give us what we need to thrive. 1 Chronicles 16:11 reinforces this by telling us to, “Pursue the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (CEB).  

Once we put aside perfection, we can humbly pray and seek the face of God amid our right now. This is rarely an easy or orderly pursuit, but therein lies the beauty and mysterious ways that God shines and works. Jesus didn’t come to seek and be with the perfect or all together, He came to heal and be with the sick, broken, and lost. That hasn’t changed! To this day, God continues to seek out and work in and through the broken, the lost, and the messes that we can so often be. Not only does that show us the power of God’s love, it also enables the people around us to see the reality and power of the Holy Spirit at work in a person’s life.  

God knows we are not always going to get it right, and God knows what the world can through at us. Our call from God isn’t to be perfect, it’s to live by the truth that He is the only perfect thing in our life. 1 Chronicles 22:19 starts off by commanding us to, “dedicate yourselves to seeking the Lord your God” (CEB). A person truly seeking out God in their life and desperate for the Holy Spirit to turn their life around is one of the most powerful testimonies and tools for the Kingdom of God. Us searching for God is a declaration of how much God matters to us, how desperate we are for Him, and carries more weight than we may think. In the name of Jesus Christ, don’t wait to put your best foot forward, put your foot forward right now and let God redeem and use your journey for the many.  


Blessings on the Journey, 

Pastor Brad 

Welcome from Pastor Brad

Greetings Friends!
It is a blessing and a joy not only to introduce myself as your pastor, but to begin this journey of ministry and spiritual community together. My name is Bradley Schutt and on behalf of my family, which includes my wife Erin and our two daughters, 5 year old Brynn and 6 year old Emma, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the warm welcome you have already given us to Bridgeville and Union Church. I wanted to take this space to introduce myself and share some of my hopes and dreams for what, Lord willing, will be many years of ministry ahead.
I was born and raised in lower Delaware, outside of Millsboro to be exact. I graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2005, the University of Delaware in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and finally from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. July 1st marks my ten-year anniversary in pastoral ministry, a time which has included two annual conferences, three states, and serving three churches before arriving here. Although I began my pastoral career in this annual conference, I was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in 2015 and finally ordained a Full Elder in our annual conference in 2019.
My wife Erin and I met at the University of Delaware early in her senior year and what would be the second of my three years at the college. We were Resident Assistants in neighboring freshmen residence halls and both active in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  In pursuing her career in Student Affairs in Higher Education we moved up to Pennsylvania, where we had both of our daughters. Once Brynn was born we quickly realized we needed more help with two small children, so we were blessed with an available church for me to be appointed to in our conference and Erin interviewed and accepted a position at Delaware Technical Community College late in the Spring of 2015.
After reading and hearing about the many incredible ministries and missions Union Church carries out within its walls and especially out in the community, I look forward to doing my best to support and keep up with all of you. Although I am appointed to serve the church as its pastor and leader, accepting the responsibility and authority that comes with it, I believe that the church both is and belongs to the people. That’s you. As much as I am here to serve and be obedient to God, I also see myself as serving and supporting you in the good that is happening now and the more we can do together.
Any success I have in ministry is not of me, but is of God in God’s mercy working through me. As Jesus says in John 12:26, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be” (NIV). In the same way, although the church is the congregation and the people that make it up, ultimately it is God’s. If I serve and care for you, and you all serve and care for each other and all the people in our community we can, God will be both made known and glorified. As it says in Mark 10:43, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (NIV). I looked forward to our shared work of supporting one another in faith and pushing the Kingdom of God forward together in this world where it is so desperately needed.
In Joyful Anticipation,
Pastor Brad

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