Message from Pastor

 From The Pastor…         

I have discovered the value of weeds!!

For the past few weeks (and I imagine for some weeks to come) I have spent a lot of time on my knees. My gardening pants have permanent stains like knee pads of ground-in dirt and mulch. Most of this is from kneeling before my flower beds pulling weeds, prepping the ground and planting new plants. The pain of stiff muscles and creaking joints are soon replaced with the joy of bright blossoms and a sense of accomplishment as things grow and flourish.

As I knelt at each flower bed I began to think of the glory that God creates with each flower. The beds are like an altar from which new life springs out of seeming death. I kneel at this altar and clear away all the things that would choke out the new creation. I am reminded of the words of Paul to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 5:17-18): So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

Is this not what the Altar of Christ is? A place where we fall to our knees, pray for forgiveness of all that is past and has made us dead and receive His breath of new life so that we may stand renewed, revived and able to grow and blossom.

So, as you work your garden and find yourself once again on your knees, take a moment to have a conversation with Jesus, giving thanks for new life. Then take a moment to come to the altar in His Sanctuary and continue that conversation as we grow together.

Memorial Day we remember and honor all of those who have given of themselves following the example of Christ so that we remain free to speak, live and worship as we are called. Be sure to say thanks to all who serve and the families who sacrifice so they can. And say a prayer for all who have paid the ultimate price so we can be safe. This year’s Memorial Day Service will be held at Hope Cemetery at 10 AM.

June 2nd is yet another special day for us here at Newark Valley. Our own Jewel Griffith

 along with Dave Jackson and Brenda Yeier will be giving a special evening of music at 4 p.m., another great opportunity to spread the good news in a unique way. Mark your calendar and invite everyone you know to join in this celebration of music and song.

Annual Conference will be later this year. June 5-8. Pray for the worship and business of the church. Pray for your representatives to Annual Conference. Pray for peace and unity. Pray that we will listen and follow the direction of Christ in all things.

Pentecost is June 9 – Pray for the wind of the Holy Spirit to fill God’s church once again with His power that renews and revives us.

Father’s Day, June 16th, we celebrate fatherhood in all its amazing forms. So let me say thank You God for all the fathers who have worked so hard to raise us, train us and teach us about our God and Savior. A father’s love is a glimpse into the strength of God.

June 21st is the Longest day of the year! Extra sunshine, more warmth, and a little more time for the birds to sing. It is a good reason to say thank you to God for all his glorious creation.

Many are Graduating college and high school. Keep all in mind and prayer as they begin a new adventure. Pray that they will hear and follow God’s call on their life no matter what that might be.

      May God continue to bless us as we seek to be the LOVE of God in our community. May God bless you, as we Spring into Summer!!

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And, as always …….Get F.R.O.G.y!!

     

In Christ,

Tim