From the Pastor
I’ve spent some time this week going through pictures from various church activities over the past year – last fall’s CROP Walk, the Christmas pageant, youth mission projects, kids on the playground, Easter morning, Sunday worship… plus lots (and lots) of meals together. I’m putting together a slide show for our Ministry Celebration Sunday this week, and it’s so fun to look back at what we’ve done this year.
One of the best definitions I’ve heard for the task of the church is this: “Gather the people, break the bread, tell the stories.” It’s no more complicated than that, really. Get together, share the feast, and tell the stories that give us life.
I thought of that two weeks ago during Dr. Mark Jensen’s lecture on what the Bible says about hunger. He named so many stories from scripture (like the manna in the wilderness and the feeding of the 5,000 (just to name a few) that hold the truths I hold dear: God loves us and cares for us and provides enough.
As I look ahead to everything coming up in the next month, I’m in awe at the ways God is at work here at First Christian. We’ll continue to celebrate our 100th year at this week’s Apple Fest. We’ll walk in the CROP Walk together and raise money for hunger relief. We’ll host the ordination of Baylee Smith and give thanks for her ministry. We’ll consider our financial gifts to the church and make plans for next year. We’ll worship and sing and pray and work and care for each other. We’ll love. We’ll serve. We’ll hope.
In other words: Gather the people, break the bread, tell the stories.
Glad to be the church with you,