“Open Doors… Open Hearts”

Another summer has come and gone by so quickly. The older I get, the faster they go. Fortunately, the end of anything usually means the beginning of something. Autumn is coming, and with it the beauty of changing colors and the reminder that God is in control of everything, including the seasons.

As much as I enjoy the hot weather, I actually love fall. It was in October of 1982 that I met my husband and we started dating. That’s one reason I love this time of the year. I also love concord grapes, apple pie, campfires with marshmallows, and all the fall ministries we have at the church. It’s exciting to me to see the church so full of people of all ages coming through the doors every Wednesday evening. Whether they are looking for relationships with each other or with Jesus, I am glad they choose to come here.

It’s also exciting to wonder: who are the people God¬†will send through the doors this year? Will they be our friends and neighbors, or will thy be strangers to us?

My prayer is that it will be a wonderful combination of both. I pray that our church family will see the value in coming together in the middle of their hectic week to get some “God time.” I pray that they will see the benefit to spending time studying God’s Word together and talking about how it applies to their lives today. I pray that there will be adults who will love and teach the children and youth who show up each week.

I also pray that people in our community will be willing to take a risk and come. For those of us that have been in the church for a while, that may sound strange. But for those who have never gone, or for those who left for whatever reason, coming to church is a risk.

Will they be welcomed? Will they be judged? Will they feel accepted and fit in? Will they find what they are looking for? Will they see Jesus in the people they meet?

We need to make sure that more than just our doors are open. We need to be certain that our hearts are as well. You and I don’t come to church because we have it all figured out and we are living the perfect life. We come to church because we know we desperately need Jesus in our lives, and we are grateful that “while we were still sinners,¬†Christ died for us.”

Let’s make sure that we treat each person who comes here (on a Sunday or a Wednesday) with the same grace and mercy that Jesus continues to give us. Lets’ make sure that love and respect are our first thoughts when we recognize that someone isn’t really sure who they are in Christ. Let’s make sure that we love people right where they are, just like He does.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” – Ephesians 1:7-8

Pastor Stef

 

 

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