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September 2017

posted Mar 9, 2018, 10:53 AM by Lee Church

Dearest Friends in Christ,

Life is always changing around us – it is true in our daily secular lives and in the life of the church.  To be alive with joy and optimism and to feel that sense of purpose and fulfillment is a precious gift, both personally and as a community.  Churches often struggle with change, as tradition and predictability are comfortable and often times it feels like changing the status quo involves risk and the unknown.  But how will we experience undiscovered places of joy in ministry if we do not take some small risks, or even some moderate ones?  We want our worship and mission lives to be meaningful, to be places of challenge and opportunity, and most importantly, to be places where we grow as disciples and followers of Jesus.

The fall, we will be exploring this as we walk with the Hebrew people through the wilderness, as the story unfolds in the book of Exodus.  We will journey into the future that God has planned for us and think about what it means to yearn for freedom from oppression, how we rely on God to lead us when the way seems too long, too dark, too frightening.  We will experience the longing for nourishment – food and water –and for God’s guidance and protection.  There will be an occasion to think about our tendency to default to false idols and the ways in which that damages our relationship with God.  And when we hear about the death of Moses, we will consider what it means when we have to turn the accomplishment of some of our dreams over to others.  The journey promises to be a rich one, as we think about who we are as people of faith and how we live that out in the witness that we bring to the world.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you,

Pax et bonum,

Pastor Gail