Message From Our Pastor...
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
has arrived! For most households, this includes some time for
relaxation and refreshment. The long days and warm weather allow us to
enjoy God’s creation in a wide variety of ways. I hope you are able to
take advantage of those times.
As people of faith, let me
suggest a couple considerations. First, please do deliberately notice
the beauty and grandeur of God’s abundant blessings. Faith is not for
Sundays only, but can help us connect to God each day in every place.
Second, if you are blessed to have some renewing time, I’d suggest
balancing that between care for yourself and tending to the most
important relationships in your life. If all your time is with family
and friends, you may miss out on needed solitude. If all is solitude,
you will lose chances to strengthen the bonds that make your
relationships life-giving. Third, routines can be very beneficial, but
doing something out of the ordinary is helpful, too. Fourth, please do
not neglect worship. Whether you are here or away, try to connect with
a faith community in some way. If you are around, there’s always a need
for volunteers to work on the property, help with worship or organize
Summer is also a time when people get to do some
extra reading. In our Wednesday Adult Education group we are working
our way through Rachel Held Evans book Inspired; you can join the
discussion at any point if you are interested. The description about
the book says: “If the Bible isn’t a science book, instruction manual,
or position paper, then what is it? New York Times bestselling author
Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she
explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in
new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present.”
are you planning on reading this summer? Do you have options for fun,
for learning, for growing? If you run across something you like, feel
free to share it on the members Facebook group. If you are looking for
something that might impact your faith, talk to me and I’ll try to
point you in the direction of something interesting.
let us know about your travel plans and we’ll make sure to add you to
the list of people we are praying for that weekend. If you want
to worship while you’re away, we can help you find a place to visit.