Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established (Proverbs 16: 3)
Thank you for welcoming Al and I back into your midst. We love the warm hospitality that this congregation extends to all who enter the doors of First Church. I am looking forward to serving as your supply pastor while you search for that one special person that God has in mind to lead you. This has been a year of transition for First Church, and now that fall has arrived, it is time to settle back into the habit of worship.
I’m sure many of you have heard the old joke about the Sunday school teacher who asked the children, “Just why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One child replied, “Because people are sleeping.”
Well, here are just a few reasons to stay awake this fall: the Bible says we are to love our God with all our heart, mind, and strength. If we do that, we are doing the will of God by making God a priority in our lives. Attending church and Sunday School will help us to understand God’s word and apply it to our lives. When we learn about God’s love, we want to share it. We can use the many gifts and talents God has given each of us to do God’s work on earth by helping others. When God’s people gather together in one place, we can be a source of encouragement to one another, we can help each other learn, and we can find joy in the fellowship of other Christians. Sitting in church or Sunday School is a way to retreat and renew ourselves both physically and spiritually from the labors of the week. Even God rested after six days of creating our beautiful world. Being a part of a church is important – plan on doing both every week.
Oh, and get a good night’s sleep on Saturday night so you won’t miss a thing on Sunday morning.