Words From The Pastor . . . July-August 2014
“For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible.” Matthew 17: 20b-21
We often look to summer as a time to take a break. Unfortunately, many people don’t get an extended time to get away from the grind of daily life. Actually though, we can find ways on a daily basis to take a short break at least mentally. Go to a quiet place for a few minutes, breath deep, take a step away from all the negative feelings, find God’s peace within, and return to life with an adjusted attitude.
Some of us take a break in the summer from church but I want to suggest a different kind of a break. Focus on your spiritual lives more than ever. Attend worship at 9:30 am each Sunday. Develop a spiritual practice outside of church if you haven’t already. Pray often. Your pastor stands ready to encourage you along these lines if you are willing.
We recently adopted a vision for growth. If we want to see Christ Church grow, we must pray for it and partner with God as this is where the power is. And focusing on our spiritual lives can be a real step towards growth for our church. Spiritual growth, along with growth in relationships, leads to hope and enthusiasm and these qualities lead to action.
We have set forth a series of goals for how we will implement the vision in the days to come as you read in the last Courier. It’s now time to see how interested we are in seeing the goals we adopted become reality. For boards and ministry groups, it’s time to develop action steps and a plan on how to see it through. We will focus on a new reaching out to the community and a renewed reaching in to our own congregation to enhance our ability to work together and develop enthusiasm. Summer is an ideal time to reflect, discuss, and prepare for Christ Church to move ahead with God’s help.
As we focus on our faith and take action, great things can happen and as Christ told his followers, “...and nothing will be impossible.”
Blessings and have a great summer!