Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Amazing! Two verses from the Bible—one complete sentence—pretty much summarizes for me, what I’ve been wanting for you this Lent and Easter. I pray that you have been receiving some increased measure of faith, trust, and hope during our Wednesday and Holy Week worship services. I certainly have just by preparing them and also by bearing some of your burdens with you— it’s what you and God have called me here to do, and I do it with joy. But this has been a long Lent and I’m looking forward to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter, and some rest before I start preparing for summer.
Here are some upcoming things I would like you to be aware of:
Thursday, May 7th is National Day of Prayer. This is an annual day of observance designated by the U.S. Congress in 1952. I am working with some of our members to plan either an evening prayer service, or all-day vigil, or both. There will be more about it in next month’s newsletter.
The Gideons will return on Sunday, May 26th to give a short presentation and receive a door offering for their important ministry of providing Bibles to the world.
Vacation Bible School is earlier than usual this year (July 6-10) based on the limited availability of Youth Encounter’s Captive Free team. I’ve already heard from some of you that you won’t be able to assist as you normally do because of the early timeframe; but for those of you who can it looks like it’s going to be another exciting time to bring Jesus to the kids in our community and glorify God.
These and many more opportunities for prayer and witnessing await us in the months ahead.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)