From the Pastor:
“The whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16).
One of the great joys of being a pastor is hearing the stories of the members and friends of the church. All the churches I have served have something in common — people who were committed to building the church despite the odds against them doing it. Yes, it was no different in Paul’s time, than it is today. People came together bringing their willingness to share what they had to create a church in their community. Many were on fixed or low incomes, yet they committed what they felt God was calling them to do. And they built the church!
Today we are faced with a similar task. Instead of building a church and ministry from the beginning, we are charged with caring for a building and growing a ministry. An individual can easily look at needed resources and time to support our facilities and grow a ministry and feel overwhelmed. But we are not alone! That’s the Good News! In his letter to the Ephesians Paul reminds us that we are “joined and held together.”
In a church where the faith community is held together by a commitment to support and grow the church, we see amazing results. A friend once say to me, “I work in the corporate world and if I came to my supervisor with a budget and plan for work that the church presents I would be greeted with a face filled with doubt. Yet the church always seems to pull together and do what everyone else outside the church sees as
impossible.” As a community, “each part does its work.” What once seemed overwhelming becomes something we see together as doable. God is providing. God commits to be with us always.
Fall is our season for stewardship and the renewal of our commitment to support the church financially with our gifts of financial giving and time to grow the ministry. Let us join together, that in community we may find strength, and be blessed as a community embraced and growing in the ministry and mission of God’s church.
Blessings of Peace,
Rev. Bruce Arbour, Pastor