Dear Church Family,
I hope this message finds you in the presence of God's peace and joy.
In Matthew 20:28 Jesus states, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus is clearly teaching about the attitude and the work of a Christian. Every Christian is to follow the example of Christ and become more like our Savior. Jesus ransomed each of us with his death on the cross.
Each fall as a congregation we focus on stewardship. The focus this year is living generously. In a few days you will be receiving a letter sharing much more detail. One part of our stewardship focus is the many opportunities to serve our Lord through our congregational ministries.
When was the last time you prayed about where God desires for you to serve in our community of faith? One opportunity is to lead or participate in small group bible studies. As a part of Living Generously there will be small group opportunities during the five-week series that I hope many will participate.
Other opportunities include serving in youth or children's ministries. During worship ushering, greeting, liturgist, special music, singing in the choir, playing in the bell choir and serving during the fellowship time following worship.
Then there is the administrative side of service. Such as church council, finance, trustees, staff parish relations and nominations.
As the church council leads our congregation forward there are four other teams that are in the process of filling immediately. Each of these teams are working towards relocating to a new building at 7115 Waterville Monclova Road. These teams are: the project leadership, site development, project communications and project finance.
In following Jesus' teaching and fulfilling our call as disciples of Jesus we must serve. Where is God calling you to serve in the holy work of building up the kingdom of earth. As we pray each week in worship, "...thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
We as Jesus' disciples are the servants that will help to transform our community through serving others due to our love of Jesus and our love for our neighbors.
My prayer is that as you pray, asking God where you are to serve, that you hear clearly God's call. I also pray that as you hear the call that you will take a step of faith and fulfill your calling to the glory of God.
May you know God's blessings,