"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us". John 1:1
This month, I have been preaching about the importance of Joseph in the Christmas Story. He is only mentioned 16 times in the Gospels, and not a word of what he said was recorded, yet his actions were monumental. He listened to the angels, took Mary and Jesus as his family, and traveled to keep them safe, and taught Jesus the faith of his fathers.
I think the same can be said of this church. We are not about blowing our own horn and having others look towards us and say what wonderful things we have done. I would rather people say, "Wasn't it amazing what God was able to do through a faithful congregation"! This year we have been faithful, and been involved in ministries that reach out to others, sharing the love of God with them. As John states in the beginning was the Word, and we do all we can to be faithful to that word.
As we come to the end of the year, as in the past, we stretch and sacrifice to fulfill the obligations we faithfully made. And as always, we need your help. My prayer is for you to consider the church as a member of your family, and the gift you freely give will be appreciated as much as any gift you give, and used for the building of God's Kingdom.
Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your grace in all you do for God. Thank you for being the Wise Men (and women) of this world, and offering to the Christ Child your gifts. Blessings in the New Year!