This Summer has been a good one! VBS, Youth Camp, and Ecuador were all great. The College Ministry meeting every week has been awesome! The lighter schedule through July was helpful. The extra time spent with my children has been priceless. Getting to see our out-of-town families was a blessing. And another great aspect of this summer was the opportunity to take a step back and observe our church. I was able to examine some things from an angle that is not the normal view. I have noticed some areas in our church where we need to get stronger. But praise God, I also recognized several elements of our church that are thriving. I thank God for the different perspectives to see our church.
One of the areas I am very encouraged by is our Associate Pastor, Jake Beattie. In the last year, God has grown Jake so much, and God has strengthened our church by Jake. I am so thankful for Jake and Samantha!
One of the areas that I continually desire for our church to grow in is prayer! I do not think prayer is a weakness in our church. I do think we can pray more. And I do think we can teach our people how to pray. I mostly desire for our church people to have a heart’s desire to pray.
I am reminded of Acts 1:14 “All of these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer.”
Not knowing much else about a people or a church, that description is a strong one. People who have a desire to pray are people who have a strong faith & knowledge of their Father in heaven whom they are praying to. I desire that for our church. I desire that for you and your family. I pray that for our church. It was once said The family that prays together, stays together. Well, I believe the same is true for the church. The church that prays together stays focused together in faith and commitment to the Great Commission!
With this said, it is time for us again to do the 24 HOURS OF PRAYER! We do this every six months. It always proves to be such a real blessing!
Over the next 3 weeks we will be having sign-ups. Please choose a one-hour slot for you and some others to come to church and pray.
I love being your pastor. Lets keep praying!
With all sincerity,
Your pastor, Josh