In the Spirit of the Lord, there is peace, joy and love. Have we arrived yet? Labor Day weekend is a good time to reflect on our journey of faith and make plans to walk in a way that leads us to God's holy kingdom.
Right now, we may think we are following Jesus well enough, but can we say the fruit of the Spirit is truly ours? In the book of Galatians, the early church teaches us to structure our faith goals around nine character traits that no law or personal opinion can condemn. I find these traits or fruitful outcomes are the same traits that Jesus was teaching us.
This Sunday we begin a new worship series, “Following Jesus: Footsteps in the Faith.” With the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 as our guide, we will walk from love to self-control, trusting Jesus to guide us every step of the way. There will be a Facebook post each week with a personal story of a disciple who inspired me to walk with Jesus. Check out our Facebook page each week, share what inspires you with a link to the weekly story and LIKE us over and over again. God can use our outreach by Facebook, email and the web site.
This weekend we are starting a collection for the Houston flood victims. The Midwest Distribution Center (an arm of U.M. Committee on Relief) shares the following news:
It has been a busy year for flood relief and we will need all the Cleaning Bucket Kit supplies. We have purchased 27,000 trash bags and volunteers are rolling them - getting them ready for Cleaning Bucket Kits. Other volunteers are assembling the kits. Bug spray is in especially short supply. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Monetary donations or supplies bought through “DollarDays” would be the best way to donate, as they are shipped directly to Midwest Distribution at the Center's bulk prices.
Anything you bring for flood relief we will send on to MDC in Chatham. God will provide a driver for our contributions, so keep buying stuff for the trip to southern Illinois for the next two weeks.
On September 10 our regular fall programming will begin. Children’s Ministry will start with lessons from various adults and youth in the church. The program which Pastor Leslie created provides easy to use lessons for volunteers to choose. Please see Pastor Leslie to schedule a week with the children. If you have not taken the Safe Sanctuaries course, we provide links and financing for that important safety step.
Also September 10 we will hold our first Let’s Talk forum. We start around 11:45 with a make your own sandwhich meal, followed by conversation in the Conference Room (#138). By 1 pm we are cleaning up and heading for home. Can you stay for an extra hour on Sundays? I want to talk with you about a few things.
Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite nun in the 16th century, wrote these poetic words of encouragement:
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
Let us do the work of Christ wherever we are this holiday weekend, coming together in worship to praise God for walking with us at all times.