(and that is the best news we have had for a LONG time)
Last week the staff and several committee leaders met and we planned for the upcoming 2017-2018 calendar year. At the end of our time together we were all exhausted (although we did have lunch at Bella’s) but we came away with hopes and expectations for a year of depth and value. We came away thankful for our church family, and we came away with a sense of dedication to work to live out God’s call to us, and to this worshiping community.
We are in a time of change, both in this country and in the church. Change is difficult but change is what helps us to grow and deepen and learn. I am thankful that this First Presbyterian Church is willing to try new things. You are looking for ways to reach out to the community, both here in Oil City and beyond. You are willing to share what you have with others, and you care for each other. That is what Jesus calls us to do in this life. Thank you for your witness!
Right now in this country we have divisions and we in the church MUST be a voice of kindness, justice, and dedication to God. [‘What does the Lord require of you?” To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Also to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love your neighbor as your self.]
We are given the opportunity in this world today to be the voice of kindness in a time of unrest. We are given the opportunity to speak out to fairness and justice for those who do not have a voice. We are given the opportunity to reach out to those who have little. We are given the opportunity to walk humbly with our God.
When we gather each week in worship we are reminded of those goals. We see people who live that out in unique and often quiet ways. We see people who speak out against injustice. We see people who are working to keep our planet clean. We worship with people who pray for others on a daily basis. We see people using hands and feet to serve Christ in this community. We hear laughter and connected conversations that join us together. When we have conflicts, our goal is to work to hear each other and try to stay open for insight and new ideas.
As we begin a new September: Work to be kind! Work to walk in honor and awe with your GOD. See the face of God in each person you meet.
We are the CHURCH and we are called to BE part of the healing and part of the solution to division and conflict. Together let us work to live out God’s intention for good and strength in our community – in our church – and in this world.
We are surrounded by beauty in this part of the country – that is a gift from God.
Take some time each day to look for God’s hand in your life.
Notice the places you see God at work around you?
Begin each day looking for ways to live out your love for God.
Identify opportunities for you to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
As you journey through this next month, may God bless you and keep you.