A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
The purpose of Family and Friends Day is not to invite our loved ones to a special service solely filled with pomp and circumstance. Rather, it is to serve as a conscientious reminder that though we may attend different churches, live in different towns and sometimes lead independent lives, there is an incredibly awesome God Who can yet unify us all.
Our message, entitled “It’s All In The Family,” is taken from the scriptures in Genesis 12:1 – 3 and Acts: 2:39. These passages of scripture remind us that God sometimes has to separate us from all we know, all we have been taught to believe and all that is comfortable in order to get us to the next level in Him. Though the journey may be a lonely one, there is an endless comfort that comes with knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are also reminded that this is a ‘place’ He created specifically for us and that it is incumbent upon us to stay course. We cannot let anyone chase us out of ministry, out of church or cheat us out of destiny!
I especially want to remind you that God knows all about your lack and your least. He knows because He created you that way. Your ability to overcome that infirmity or weakness is further evidence that He is with you. He specializes in those who are cracked, broken, weak and damaged so you will fit right in! If you are not sure, just research some of the greatest men and women of God: David, Jeremiah, Rahab, Jonah, Peter, Thomas, Mary, John, Moses and Noah can all give testimony to God’s ability to use those who may perceive themselves as diminished vessels.
Finally, remember that you were not just assigned to your family; your family was assigned to you. In all and through all, remember that you are a leader. You have received the healing influence of the Holy Spirit and it is your responsibility to pour that selfsame soothing balm into others you love – not just your physical family but your church family as well.
A very special ‘thank you’ to all who attended and remember that you are welcome to join us at any time. After all, Gatherers of the Harvest is the place where people come to meet God!
Continued blessings in 2014,
Terry L. Stover, Senior Pastor