As we get ready to finish up summer, it is great to see our Choir back in person during worship. I know some are still waiting for more improvement in the virus to return, but it finally seems like church is getting back to normal.
I sense the short series in Revelation is resonating with some of you based on your comments to me. It is certainly resonating with me. As we have looked at the first three chapters, and find the Risen Christ circulating among the churches, I am reminded that we must be aware that church is not merely for our enjoyment, or preference, but we are the hands of Christ in our community. Specifically, we are here to reach lost people with the Gospel. I am increasingly burdened with this responsibility, and I pray that as we grow together, you will be burdened as well. That being said, I encourage you:
-to invite someone you know that is not in church to attend church with you, or even better, bring them to church with you.
-to intentionally meet someone that does not know Christ, get to know them, and begin a Gospel conversation with them. This may take some time, but there is no better time to begin this relationship than now.
I believe (in the words of our text from Revelation 3:7-13) that God has placed an “open door” for this church to reach our community for Christ. We seem to be poised in so many ways to reach those that do not know Christ personally. I urge each of us to seriously commit yourself to prayer and find ways to reach lost people. You know them. You may live with them, may live beside them, or may work with them. As we will see in the message this coming Sunday, God opens and closes these doors for our church. Let’s work while we have the opportunity!
To this end, our Deacons met last week and decided on Homecoming for Sunday October 10, 2021. We will worship with great music and preaching, and share a wonderful fellowship meal afterward. We want to reach out to our church members and encourage them to attend. Especially reach out to those who have not yet returned to church. Let’s have a great day together!
I appreciate those who are working so hard getting us ready for a new year [starting October 1] and to make our Sunday services work each week. This includes our committees, the Choir, our teachers, and those who work our technology. It takes a lot of gifted people, and we are fortunate to have these people. Also, know that the Deacons and Personnel Committee are actively meeting to discuss the youth and children pastor’s vacancy. If you have recommendations, get in touch with that committee or one of our current deacons.
God bless you all,
Rev. James A. Cohn