Letter from Rev. Paul

Letter from the Interim Pastor Paul
How is your day? We ask that question in our home. And, in the midst of this pandemic there are often days that are not as good. The isolation, the fear, the lack of being with family and friends, these all affect us. As I live in faith that God is with us and that God desires goodness for us I am
reminded of this scripture from 1 Thessalonians. I encourage you to read and to follow these words:
1 Thessalonians 5.1-15
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When
they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.
So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be
sober; for those who sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace
among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
Beloved, pray for us. Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all of them. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
As your pastor I give thanks for each of you and for God’s love that you are sharing in our world. I also give thanks for the leaders of our church who continue faithfully to organize and serve this church as Church Council and the committees of the church. On February 21 we will gather after worship on Sunday morning for our Annual Meeting. Here we will
consider the past year and celebrate the leadership for this current year to serve our church. May you continue to give thanks for God’s love in our mist.
Yours in Christ, Pastor PAUL

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