Sisters, Brothers, Friends,
Steve Seamands, author and professor at Asbury Seminary, writes that “the ministry into which we have entered is the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and the world.”
Make no mistake: you are in ministry. And the ministry you engage in – on the job, on the road, at school, at church, at home – is not your ministry; it belongs to Christ. It’s not for your glory; it’s for the glory of God. And it cannot be accomplished in your own strength, but in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors are not meant to do all the work of the church. That’s one thing that the people of Emmanuel UMC understand well, and I commend you for it! We are in this together. “God has given his grace to each one of us measured out by the gift that is given by Christ… His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7, 12).
This October, we look back and we look forward. We look back on a summer well spent and on an excellent Fall kick-off. We celebrated the baptisms of Kylie, Chris, Alex, Matthew, Ian, and Luke, and we welcomed Sarah, James, Amy, and Kylie as members. God has been busy building up the Body in this place! Now, we look
forward to passing out candy with the love of Christ on October 31st, to Charge
Conference on November 2nd, and to all that God has yet to do in us and through us.
Is there a ministry that God has laid on your heart – something particular for you to get involved in or to start up? Let the church know! So many of you are so involved already. Thank you for being such a vital part of this church. Thank you for taking part in Christ’s ministry – both inside and outside the doors of Emmanuel. Thank you for supporting Christ’s work in us and through us with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service.
Grateful to serve alongside you,