Words from the Pastor – November 2016
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word... Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.” Colossians 4: 2-3, 5
People talking on the subject of prayer will sometimes comment that God has or will “open a door.” Have you had a door opened in your life? Often we think of doors opening for an opportunity to fulfill one’s destiny or purpose.
The apostle Paul asked for prayer from prison that God would open a door to the message of Christ where he was. I would have prayed for a door to open and let me out of the prison. But Paul seemed to believe that God had placed him where he was for a reason. The door he wanted opened was the door to share the message of Christ with those around him.
God is always opening doors to further his kingdom and draw people to him but we don’t always notice. We are looking for the same old thing. God is open to all possibilities. We believe that our situation is impossible. Our God never loses hope. Doors are opened to allow us to serve, to love others, and even to strengthen our church but we have to take advantage of them.
Did you come to our Homecoming celebration on October 16th? What a time we had meeting old friends, former pastors, and celebrating Christ Church both past, and future. It was a day to remember. We certainly took advantage an opened door to do this. What else might we do?
As we move ahead toward the season of Advent. Let’s invite our nearby friends and far away members back for the Hanging of the Greens service on November 27th. It’s a wonderful way to begin the holiday season, to learn the meaning of our traditions and to have all generations involved. And there will be a meal following.
What other doors is God opening to our church? Can we see them? Will we walk through them? Our conference recently picked Christ Church and two others in the area to begin a program called “Next Level.” This will involve a yearlong effort to enhance our plan for growth and vitality. I’m very excited about the possibilities that by working with a ministry coach, we will sense some more open doors that we had not noticed before. Please pray for the success of “Next Level” and there will be information to follow.
May you have a truly blessed Thanksgiving and Advent season and may Christ Church play an important part.