August, 2018

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:8

As I sit to write this article I find myself doing something I have done a great deal of in the past few weeks, staring at a computer screen. As many of you know I am currently in my final stages of working towards    being an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. A significant part of that process involves each candidate writing their own Theological Statement. This is a rather significant paper, in both length and  content, that is to  include answers to a number of questions presented by the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Book of Discipline. So as I said I have spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks staring into the confines of this screen.

However, in  reflecting on this experience of writing and sharing my experience I have come to realize something. I am so very grateful for all of you at Emmanuel. Many of the questions revolve around my  experience, or things I have learned in my first few years in the ministry and I have found that I have been truly blessed during this first appointment I have found myself in.

As the Scripture above notes, God is truly able to provide us with an abundance of      blessings. I have felt and experienced that myself in our time worshiping and  serving and ministering together. It has been my honor to serve with you and my hope and prayer is that we are able to continue   moving forward with the mission of the church. That we are able to recognize the gifts we have been given and that we are able to share them abundantly with the world around us.

Our name, Emmanuel, says it all. God is with us. God has been with our Church and has blessed our Church in many ways, for many years. Let us continue to share that blessing with the Blissfield community and the world at large.

God Bless,

Pastor Devin

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