Monday, August 4, 2008

On Behalf of Summer

Amber and I asked Luke the other day what he wanted to do on his last day before school started. He thought about it for a while, and just before bed he joked, "I would like to say a word on behalf of summer." So I am taking a page out of the book of Luke for this one. Here is my, pardon the expression "summery":

1. We had a great Vacation Bible School. I was very thankful for the good attendance and participation. This may have been our best VBS ever. Our community and surrounding churches attended this event well. I was very proud of our congregation for the spirit of cooperation and the sacrifices that were made by so many.

2. We were blessed with Will Sharp this year. Jeremy said it well that people probably don't know what an intern does. But I know he spent many hours with our teenagers and college kids late at night. He visited many of our members. He went to the nursing homes, preached, taught, went on the mission trip, and yes, he played golf and did other fun activities. I really appreciate the fact that he wants to work for the church. He cares about the church. We need more young men to have passion for the church like he does.

3. We have been guarded by God in many ways. Although we have been entrenched in international conflict, experienced high gas prices, and been concerned about our political future, God has continually blessed and sustained us. We have not gone without. Many of our members have enjoyed vacations with their families. Some of us have overcome surgeries and loss. But God has been with us and strengthened us in these endeavors.

As we close out the summer, I am thankful for the reset button. We are now hoping to get back into somewhat of a routine. With this in mind I believe if we will put God first, we may be able to make this year at Pulaski St. the best one yet. It can happen if we will love one another, be kind to each other, and always be encouraging. Let's be positive, rejoice in Christ, and realize that an everlasting season with our God awaits us.

"Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, the Lord be magnified." ~ Psalm 40:16

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