A Word From the Pastor
Through our series for Advent, we looked at the different layers of who Jesus Christ is to us considering the titles we use for Him. As we go into the new year, we are going to be focusing on the way that we are becoming a community with Jesus as our foundation. We look forward to continuing to wrestle with the question of what kind of church we want to be. As Christians, we recognize the importance of our contribution to this world and the hope in a promise for the future. When Jesus Christ talks about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13, it is also a call to work to improve the conditions in our own community. We strive to have that faith the size of a mustard seed, to sow good seed in a fertile field, and to seek for the treasure with all that we have.
In each of our lives, we have been blessed to have been influenced by various saints who have made lasting impacts. We can see the influences of those saints in this community throughout the building and in the ministries that we have been able to accomplish. Sometimes we have a plaque to thank someone for the donation of a particular item. For some, that item is not here anymore, but we keep the plaque in thanksgiving. These people touched and impacted this church community by the way that they lived their lives and their generosity. For every saint, however, it is not the donated item that is a sign of their faith, but the way that it can be used to build Christ's community. This church is no longer in its original building, and I have a pretty good feeling that I do not look much like the original pastor. Even though we are vastly different, we still are built upon the history of their contributions. Their hope was for a place where people could come to worship and have fellowship in the best way that the community could create.
It leaves us to question what our legacy will be going forward. How will we be a part of this community that
seeks to share the love of Christ? Each of us are called to be disciples, but beyond that, we are called to be builders of Christ's kingdom. Let us pray to continue this rich tradition as we focus our eyes on what our community will be in the future.