Fellow Disciples of Jesus,
Yesterday was a great day at Peace.
Worship and God's Word focused on the Spirit's power to move us to rejoice in the glory of God - even in our sufferings! In fact, glorifying God through our sufferings sometimes provided an even greater witness than doing so through smooth sailing and calm waters.
Additionally, we held a well-attended "Town Hall Meeting" to generate conversation around Godly goals and plans for the upcoming program year. I was delighted at the honest questions and frank conversation as to where we're going, including how and why we believe the Lord is leading us there! Essentially, the theme for next year summarizes it well - we want to elevate the importance of discipleship - growing in God's Power and Peace!
Since we didn't make it through the presentation, and, because some of the tyipe in the presentation was way too small, I've been asked to distribute it via email. So, here it is. In essence, we're utilizing the "both/and" Biblical principle as we proceed forward. "Both/and" applies to the Trinue God who is both one and three; Jesus is both God and man; the sacrament both bread/wine and body/blood. So we're proceeding forward in worship with both tranditional and contemporary expresssions to glorify the Lord we serve. We're enhancing discipleship-growing ministries to both long-term members and new visitors. We're both living for today and working for tomorrow!
Thank you for being a part of transformational process God is working at Peace. Thank you for the prayers seeking the Lord's blessings. Thank you for participating in our new program year, "Discipleship > Membership!" I trust God will bless!