After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to
attain your goal by human effort? Galatians 3:3b
The verse above has been a challenge to me personally as I’ve contemplated how God wants to work in and through our lives. We can easily do what we do without taking the time to pray and open our hearts to the Lord’s leading and power. They may be good things, but unless we remain grounded in God’s Word and connected in prayer, we can quickly become driven by our own (fleshly) agendas rather than God’s. So in the middle of a busy summer, let’s recommit ourselves to being grounded in God’s Word and connected to Him in prayer.
Summer is perhaps the best time of the year to make connections with your neighbors – especially after a winter like the one we’ve had that kept us all cooped up inside! To intentionally reach our unsaved neighbors for Jesus we have to take advantage of opportunities to have conversations with them when they are outside and relaxed, and that is most likely to happen Sunday evenings in the summer. People have to be back at work on Monday morning, so if they have done any activities over the weekend, they usually get back Sunday evening to do yard work and then wind down outside. We’ll focus on that more in July.
Sarah and I will be out of town this coming month during which time our other pastors will be on call. We are also beginning a deacon-of-the-week ministry so that you will have an additional source to turn to for help as needed. Information will be kept current in the bulletin board outside the church office, and as always, you can call the church office (376-8223, M-F 8:30-3:30) and speak to someone who will be able to help you with whatever you need!
The Lord has been so faithful and blessed us in so many ways already this year. There are many challenges and opportunities ahead for ministry – thank you for faithfully shouldering the work through prayer, attendance, and financial support. May He find us faithfully serving Him until He returns for us.