A Message From Our Pastor...
Pastor Chris

September/October 2019
Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen." Paul lived there... proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
                                                                                                –Acts 28:28-31

Even though there are technically a few more weeks of summer remaining, this newsletter marks the end of our programmatic summer and the beginning of many of our fall ministries here at Holy Counselor. Like many of you, our family summer vacation is coming to an end and we are getting ready to send the kids back to school. How is your summer coming to an end? What are you doing to prepare for fall? Have you taken the time you need to refresh and rejuvenate yourself for the work ahead? Do you have plans for how you can use the fall to check in with your faith life, your discipleship and your commitment to being an important part of God’s kingdom?

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months talking about the Kingdom of God on Sunday morning. It seems that even before Jesus ‘set his face’ toward Jerusalem and the events of the Passion and Resurrection Jesus was already teaching about the Kingdom of God. In Luke, chapter 10, the disciples who were sent out to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming to nearby communities, ended their visits, both the positive and the negative, by telling the people that the ‘kingdom of God has come near’. This kingdom is both present among us right now and coming near. It’s a bit of a paradox, it’s a bit confusing, but it also fits so well with what we experience about Christ’s gospel in the world. Christ’s good news, his death and resurrection have profoundly impacted the world around us and our faith, and they continue to do so more and more every day.

It’s important in the midst of all that we are doing that we don’t lose sight of the fact that the programs themselves are not the goal. The goal is their impact on our lives as disciples, their impact on making the kingdom of God real and relevant in our lives as individuals and as a community of faith. That only happens with you, participation in Sunday worship, Christian education, faithful stewardship, and joyful evangelism. Throughout the pages of our newsletter you will find the dates and times when you are invited to engage in many of the ministries that we practice together as a church. Take note of them and pray about how you live out your Baptismal promises as a member of God’s kingdom.  I hope and pray that you and your family will be a part of the ministry here at Holy Counselor. God calls us to do great things in pursuit of the mission we share.

-Pastor Chris

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