Hello Brothers & Sisters,
It’s good to be back in the swing of things here in the office. We missed you while we were away seeing family in Texas.
As you already know, Lynda Gephart brought the message on Sunday, July 2. If you missed her sermon, you can listen to Each One of You is a Part at our website or via iTunes. I listened to Lynda’s message and thought it followed our previous sermon series on children very nicely. Lynda shared about the importance of youth in our congregation and gave us some things to think about as we look forward to the arrival of our new Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Matt Bushoven.
Remember, Matt will begin work on Monday, August 14. We will have a time of installation and a luncheon for Matt on Sunday, Aug 27. Please mark your calendars.
This past Sunday we heard Doug Curry speak to the question: Why Does Worship Need a Pastor? Doug shared a message that is critical to understanding why we aim to do convergent worship as an intergenerational congregation. If you’re new to Grantham Church, or you’ve been with us for a long time and want to help others understand who we are, I encourage you to use Doug’s message and the Roots series sermon on Worshipping God as a helpful reference. I hope that these messages help bring clarity to who we are and where we’re going as a church.
If you were present in the service last Sunday, you know it was a very special day. Dave Perry was installed as our new Worship Arts Pastor! It was a joy getting to witness the passing of worship leadership from Doug to Dave. God clearly led us to Dave and I have the greatest confidence in his abilities to pastor us through worship, as we continue to pursue our unique calling as a congregation. Most of all, I’m impressed with Dave’s heart for the Lord, his sensitivity to the movement of the Spirit, and his desire to lovingly lead us in worshipping Jesus together.
Please pray for Dave through this transition. I encourage you to welcome him as you have welcomed me. It was evident through the service and the luncheon on Sunday that you are already doing this. It blessed me to see how you are embracing him and his ministry. Thank you for supporting our brother in the days and months ahead.
Some of you may have been wondering where we’re going with the sermons through the rest of the summer. Here is a glimpse into the next few weeks:
July 16 – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
July 23 – Dealing with Doubt
July 30 – Living with Joy
August 6 – The God Who Looks Like Jesus
I hope you can make it this Sunday. I’ll be preaching a message entitled, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. Some of you will recognize that title from a book by Eugene Peterson. I will be addressing the realities and rewards of pursuing Christ over the long-haul, and how our daily choices shape us for better or for worse. I think you will find the message a bit raw and uplifting.
May you have a blessed week as you follow the Lord through the good times and the bad.
Grace & Peace,
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