If you were in worship this past Sunday, you know that I took a bit of a risk in my sermon: I let you talk in the sermon. I really did! I asked you near the end of my sermon (which you can read and listen to HERE) to take a few moments and think about what you cherish about our church. And not just what you “like” about it – what you cherish about it. What keeps you coming back week after week when you could be doing a million other things. And then I literally turned the floor over to you and let you continue the sermon for me.
And boy, did you preach! Here are the things that YOU said you cherished about our church:
- Church family
- History and tradition
- The Word of God
- Our children
- The children’s message
- The fact that we’re a welcoming church
- Sunday School
Honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. That’s why I’m so glad you did. These are the things we need to focus on and remember as we prepare for our church’s 155th year of ministry. Not our fears and concerns, but our hopes and dreams. I hope you’ll join me in a day of great hoping and dreaming at First Presbyterian this coming Consecration Sunday, November 4th. Incidentally, it is not too late to make your reservations for our free, catered celebration lunch after worship – simply call Lynn at the church office (786.2803) before noon Wednesday.
One last thing – it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that the thing I cherish about our church as pastor is each one of you. For you are not only members of the church I’m called to serve, but good friends who graciously share your lives with me and my family. For this, and for so much more, I am truly grateful and give thanks to God for our partnership in ministry!