April 2023

God is the author of all stories – the human story, the Bible’s story, our story.  
From the birth of creation to God’s ultimate victory at the end of time, the Holy Spirit
is weaving God’s presence into our lives, filling us with love, peace and purpose.  
This Lent we delved into God’s story through daily devotions, weekly worship and small study groups.  
We discovered how God’s story intersects with our own.

 

Pastor TerriThe Power of Testimony

All I can say is: WOW!  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a season of Lent to last longer — but this year I do.  Each Wednesday evening, we have heard testimonies from our church members and each one has been spectacular!  

  • A member shared her story of escaping an abusive marriage while living abroad.  What amazing faith she exemplified in getting herself and her children to safety.
  • In his matter-of-fact engineering way, another member shared how he and his have intentionally prioritized their use of time and money to serve God and support their church.  I think the best line was: “I began to look forward to receiving raises and bonuses so we could give more!”
  • A Senior in high school shared her journey from a reluctant pre-teen who thought church would be a bore, to being a key leader in both our congregation and our synod.  Having had the privilege of baptizing this teen, her testimony brought me to tears!
  • And last night, another member hit it out of the park with her testimony about sharing her faith with others.  Despite feeling unqualified to speak about her faith, she gently began asking her co-workers if she could pray for them when they were facing times of difficulty.  Intentionally respecting her colleagues’ diverse faith perspectives, she has found that these relationships have deepened, and their partnership (and thus effectiveness) has increased. And no, she has not been sued for mentioning God within her corporate context.
And what a blessing your written devotions have been during this season.  Through these writings and our weekly small study groups, we have reflected on God’s grace found in both the Old and New Testaments, explored times of spiritual strength and weakness and thought about ways we can share God’s love with others. And we have received additional testimonies in written form which we will share in the coming months.  Our “Chicken Angels” share their amazing story in our April newsletter!  God is moving mightily in and through the members of this congregation!

This coming week, we will experience the greatest story ever told — of Jesus’ journey to the cross and his glorious Easter resurrection.  I strongly encourage you to join us for worship throughout the week (schedule is below).  Even if you are travelling due to Spring Break, I encourage you to either find a local congregation to attend or join us online through our Facebook page or website.  (You can also find past sermons on our new YouTube channel.)

In the words of St. Paul: “When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.”

Blessings my friends,

+ Pastor Terri +

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