It seems appropriate that I am beginning my twentieth year as your pastor in 2020. What a year it has been and continues to be. We are living through a pandemic, social unrest, and political polarization to degrees I have never seen during my 64 years. Still, God has given me an abiding peace that He remains in control of the world and His church.
Know that Nancy and I love you very much. For 19 years you have been kind and supportive of us and our families. It has been, and continues to be, a great joy to serve the Lord Jesus with you in this place. We count it a joy to be your friends. Our lives are enriched by knowing you.
Thank you for being genuine. We are all sinners saved by God’s grace and continue to mature in our relationship with Christ. This means that we occasionally sin and fall short of expectations – both God’s and our own. Still, we continue on in our quest to remain faithful followers of Jesus. As we have been accepted in Christ, we accept one another. The authenticity with which you live your lives refreshes my soul.
Thanks for stepping up and serving with the gifts God has given you. I realize that we seem to always be seeking additional servants in multiple areas. However, that is because you do such a good job reaching out. So many of you faithfully serve in multiple ways. Thank you for placing Jesus at the top of your list and serving Him with zeal and integrity.
Thanks for pushing through pain, disappointment, and injustice to continue living for Jesus. Life has handed many of you more than your share of hurt, yet you remain devoted to Jesus. I asked a friend recently how things were going. He responded candidly, “I don’t have it as bad as Job did.” He was smiling. His smile made me smile. Smiling during the storms of life is not hypocritical. Smiling during the storms of life testifies of faith in Jesus.
You are a wonderful church, and I am greatly blessed to be your pastor. The passing of the years has only increased my love for you. These challenging days have allowed us to show our love for one another as at no other time. Thank you. As Jesus shepherds me, it is my joy to shepherd you.
The best is yet to come, Earl
- Sundays Sermon “God Answered Moses” Exodus 33:7-17
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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