It has been a great few weeks getting to know some of you and the history and culture of our church. I am excited to continue to build relationships and pray together about what God wants us to do next for the Kingdom! We have talked about trusting or busting – having an absolute trust in God and where He might lead us. We have talked about relaxing, breathing, sitting on our hands and waiting for God to reveal to us His plan, and coming away for awhile with Jesus to be spiritually filled so that we are ready for whatever God has in store.
This week we will be talking about “working for food,” which is just a silly way for us to continue to think about different ways that we can be filled to overflowing so that we can be an outpouring upon the people in our community who need to know Jesus. We will celebrate Holy Communion together for the first time (with me here, anyway) and this is a thoughtful time for all of us to remember and reflect upon Jesus, His sacrifice, and His ministry as we move forward on this new journey.
I have been going out and about in the community, talking with folks, getting to know the people that live around and about First Seffner. It is vitally important for me to get to know our neighbors – their likes, their dislikes, their desires, their gifts and their strengths. Especially
in these days and times, it takes a village for positive change to happen in the world, doesn’t it?
If you have some suggestions as to some people I should talk to or places I should go, please let me know. Better yet, if you’d like to do this with me, I’d love the help! Dunkin’ Donuts on me! Christ is counting on us to move His gospel forward – and I have discovered that countless numbers of people are wandering around in Seffner without a Shepherd. John Wesley once said, “The world is our parish.” Together let’s think about the town of Seffner and it’s surrounding areas as being the parish that God has entrusted to this church. Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9)!
I am blessed and honored to be serving as your pastor and look forward to the days to come.
Love in Christ,