A Message For This Week

August 4 – Looking Forward to Sunday Night —

The Apostle Paul wrote “Greet one another with a holy kiss,” on numerous occasions. It may have been a cultural practice of the first century, or maybe something that took place only among the Christian community, but it is not encouraged in a time of global pandemic, when we are being asked to practice “social distancing” and “wear a facial covering” as a way of “flattening the curve.” The Apostle Peter concurred with Paul, at least on this point. Peter closes his letter to fellow believers with an encouragement to “Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.” Since so many of his first readers were facing or would face persecution for their faith, this practice and prayer is a heartfelt hope that their circumstances would change. It is in the depth of our relationship with Christ that we find peace in the midst of our struggles. It is in the depth of our relationships with other followers of Jesus that our relationship with Christ is deepened. 1 Peter 3:8 says we are to be agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble. These characteristics imply how kind, warm, tender, gentle, and affectionate we should be towards our sisters and brothers in Christ. That is what is behind what both Peter and Paul mean when they reference greeting one another. They stress the importance of our being demonstrative in practicing true Christian community. Our church does this well during “normal” times. As we look forward to our Tailgate Worship Gathering on Sunday evening, I hope all of us will share our love for Christ and each other with a safe distanced holy kiss.
Hopeful!    

July 20 – Thank you!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for the many ways you have expressed your appreciation to me and my family for the ministry we have been blessed to share together over the past 30 years. Your kindness is overwhelming and humbling. I promise each of you, it has been our great privilege to be a part of this wonderful church. –READ MORE–

June 2 – We Stood, We Stand, I Hope We Always Will

I along with other members of our church stood in the rain with people of all ages, races, faiths and I’m assuming socio-economic status, at the 1898 Memorial Park last Saturday afternoon. We stood together in solidarity to affirm that all lives matter to the Creator of all life and we love our neighbors, no matter the similarities or the differences. –READ MORE–

May 26 – There Is Room For Celebration

Like many of you, I try to begin each morning reading God’s word and praying as I offer my day to what God may desire to do in me and through me. This being the week of we remember the ascension of Jesus into heaven, I am focusing on Acts 1:1-14. The first thought that came to mind was how frustrated we can become when we have unanswered questions.
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May 5 – It’s A Great Day!

I woke up to the happy sounds of birds chirping and wind chimes making melodious music as a cool morning breeze welcomed the rising sun, and I decided this is going to be a great day. I choose to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation which includes the plants, flowers, nature and all the people with whom God surrounds me. –READ MORE–

April 28 – Message from Jim Everette

Few people like to hear themselves talk and even fewer like the way they look. Watching and hearing myself preach for the last two Sundays has been an odd and uncomfortable experience. –READ MORE–