From the Pastor's Pen


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A Message from Pastor David Williamson


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July:  Pastor's Message


          A few years ago, I worked with two Boy Scouts on their God & Church awards.  One of their assignments was to learn what the membership requirements at their church were.  The more the boys explained what they learned, the more it became clear that there were none.

 

          No, I don't mean no requirements for membership.  I mean, there was no such thing as membership.  There was no covenant.  There were no promises made to one another.  There was no commitment to a common set of beliefs and by-laws and dreams.

 

          At one level, I suppose it's understandable in this day and age.  All those warnings we heard from our pastors as we grew up about the dangers of consumerism - defined by two simple questions: "What's in it for me?  and "What have you done for me lately?" - have come to roost.  Cooperation and understanding has been replaced by brutal competition and an open disregard for rules and laws and traditions.  As a result, we have a dizzying array of options and possibilities.

 

          But it's also sad.  The "prosperity gospel" is spreading around the world, replacing the grace of God with the promise of personal success.  Instead of seeking the common good, there's an emphasis on winning.  Making "a joyful noise" to the Lord is being replaced by entertaining the masses.  Denominational and church "families" are being abandoned in favor of people who "buy" the same products or ideas.  When I started in the ministry, people would ask for a letter of transfer [of membership]; now, they call in and say we can "take them off the mailing list."

 

          Jesus calls us to be His church, not His subscribers or His fans.  He calls us to "accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be His servants in the service of Men, to proclaim the Gospel to all the world and resist of the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at His table, to join Him in His passion and victory."

 

          I want to challenge each and every one of you to make a public declaration of faith in God's will, God's vision for the church.  This summer, when it's especially tempting to sleep in or get an early start on the road, come and be present with us for worship and fellowship.  And if you're out-of-town, go and be present with your brothers and sisters in Christ at a nearby church for worship and fellowship.  Embrace your fellow believers and be the church God's Holy Spirit calls us to be.

 

          And by all means, invite your family and friends to join you.  Don't forget that we're offering worship services at 8:30 as well as 10:30 every Sunday morning for your convenience.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

~~~Pastor David Williamson

 

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