So, we're well into winter and so far, not much snow, but lots of cold weather. While I write this, our church is undergoing some rather harsh conditions - the furnace failed and needs some repair. I mention this because there are some wonderful people in our congregation who, despite the subzero temperatures, they willingly came out to make certain that our church was heated enough to ensure that pipes and water would not freeze, that our blessed pipe organ remained safe from freezing. Dick Rowe, Harry Harwood, Kirby Olson, Paul LaGesse, Bruce and Pat Metcalf (and there may be others that I don?t know about) came out to work to make sure that we have an intact church building. What amazing people! Thank you from all of us.
Dedication to supporting a church is a commitment we all have made and we all need to take that commitment seriously. Why do work so hard to keep our church going? Because God has called us through our baptism to ?
9Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
This is known as the Great Commission and Jesus spoke these words to his disciples and to us. Living this commandment in our world will make all the difference in ourselves in our families and community and in the world.
February is traditionally the month when we celebrate love. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Candy and flowers will be given and received, but the best gift of love comes from our Father in Jesus.
The people I mentioned above love our church the Body of Christ and so do you. When we support this church, we share of the many gifts that God has given us. The apostle Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians
12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
Everyone is needed. All gifts are welcome and appreciated. Every voice is important. Some are preachers. Some are teachers. Some are prayer warriors. Some provide music. Some are caretakers, not only of our building, but also of our fellow members and community members. Some are working hard to prepare our sanctuary for worship service.
Thanks to all of you who have (and will) help in keeping our church alive and vibrant. Let us all continue to share the message of God?s love in Jesus Christ with those whom we encounter ? wherever and whoever we are ? young or old.