Pastor’s Corner – March 2021
Years ago, I was visiting a church where a missionary to Africa was the speaker that evening.
He told a story about his first sermon in the mission church to which he was assigned. When time came for the offering, the people danced their offerings forward. They danced and sang praise to God as they brought their offerings to the altar. It was a beautiful moment. What do you think? Could we get any of our ushers to do that?
After the service, he asked one of the people, “Why do you dance and sing when you bring your offering forward on Sunday morning?” Back came the answer: “How could we not dance? We are so grateful to God for what He has done for us in sending Jesus Christ to save us, that we have to dance and sing our thanksgiving and besides it says in the Bible, God loves a cheerful giver.”
Let me ask you something. Do you feel gratitude to God that strongly? Do you have a strong case of the “can’t help its” when it comes to gratitude? When you are Christians, gratitude is the spirit of your lifestyle. When you are a Christian, you can’t help but be grateful!
Let me tell you what I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for a church whose members have hung together during one of the most trying periods in America’s history.
I’m grateful when I hear so many people say, “Let’s move forward and work toward finding out what the new normal looks like for us.”
I’m grateful that our Christian Education Team is beginning to discuss opening up Sunday School again.
I’m grateful for all the faithful people here who didn’t let the pandemic keep them from organizing meaningful ministry events.
I’m grateful to a Women’s Fellowship who is looking to plan a Mother/Daughter banquet.
I’m grateful for the Brotherhood who started frying fish again.
I’m grateful for a group of confirmation students who hung in there with me and learned much in the process.
I’m grateful for a future that promises bright possibilities if we work together, trusting in our God to see us through.
As always, I welcome your thoughts!