“Thank You!”

As I sat at my desk today preparing to share “A Word” with you, what keeps coming to my mind is, “Thank you.”

“Thank you!” for being a church that prays.

“Thank you!” for being a church that gives so generously.

“Thank you!” for being a church that supports a Vacation Bible School ministry and allows the kids of this community to run the halls for a week and take over the building.

“Thank you!” for being a church that cares about the youth and volunteers to be prayer partners and supports a youth ministry and summer mission trip.

“Thank you!” for being a church that recognizes the need for international missions and supports our missionaries and Rich and Carla Gotshall, who were able to serve in Uganda this summer.

“Thank you!” for so freely volunteering your time and your talents.

“Thank you!” for being a church that loves God and loves His people.

When people talk about the Yocumtown Church of  God, or “the church on the hill,” I hope they define us as a church who loves God and loves people.

We have spent many Sundays together, beginning on Easter, reading through the book of 1 John. In reading the introduction to 1 John in one of my Bibles, I was moved by the following paragraph:

“The two most difficult things to get straight in life are our understanding of God and our understanding of love. More often than not, the mess people make of their lives can be traced to failure or stupidity or meanness in one or both of these areas. The basic and biblical Christian conviction is that the two subjects are intricately related. If we want to deal with God the right way, we have to learn to love the right way. If we want to love the right way, we have to deal with God the right way. God and love can’t be separated.”

It is my prayer that during these past weeks, you have learned something about loving God and loving people. It is also my prayer that we continue to be a church that is a reflection of this love in all that we do.

Pastor Stef

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