I have been preaching through the Great Ends of the Church the last five weeks and will wrap up with the sixth great end this week. That is a lot of doctrinal preaching on the importance of how, who, and what the church is and does. So let’s practice what we have learned.
Here is the challenge. Come to church to learn more and practice some and then put it to work in your daily living over the next two months. We have survived Halloween, though the sugar high will go beyond this week. We have thanksgiving in full view, then comes advent and preparing for Christmas, and in less than two months we will have celebrated Christmas and be in a new year!
See if you can come join us for the next two months. Make a special effort, continue the effort you already make or change your plans all together and come and join us for stewardship season, Thanksgiving season and Advent/Christmas seasons. The preaching is pretty straight forward, the music is great, and we have special lunches and services thrown in for good measure. What if we were to average 100 folks for the last two months? We average about 80 folks these days and we are missing some familiar faces and getting to know some new names. What if we all showed up on the same Sunday? What if we filled the parking lot and the pews for a few weeks here at the end of the year? Dear friends it is doable if you decide and act on the invitation.
God’s Mission ( as stated in our Book of Order page 1 F-1.01 )
The mission of God in Christ give shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table and calling all people to discipleship in Christ. Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.
This is what we offer one another and the world. Transformation, good news, the grace of God, and discipleship are all very high goals. Worthy of God’s power, purpose, and goodness and worthy of our attention. Perhaps you are out of the habit. Maybe you are mad about something. Certainly some are traveling, sick or working etc…. Yet, you are invited once more, called upon by your pastor and I hope the Holy Spirit, to see if the discipline or church attendance may be the path of rekindling your faith or fanning the flames of an already robust faith. Come and be with us this week.
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