Hello Brothers & Sisters,
We’ve been getting a lot of rain in central PA, even flash-flooding. While we’ve had cooler temperatures here in the northeast, my family in Texas told me that they’ve been in the triple digits for over a week. Let’s pray for folks around the country who have been experiencing hardships due to extreme weather conditions.
Aside from the weather, I hope you’re all having a good summer. If you missed it, this past Sunday I preached a sermon called, Sabbath, Silence & Solitude. I shared about the true meaning and purpose of Sabbath rest, and how we should view it as a gift from God. We need the Sabbath to rest, to be replenished, to be re-centered, and to stop and reflect on what is true about God, ourselves, and our world. We cease from our labor so that we don’t become slaves to our work or our world. I hope you were encouraged by the message, and maybe went home and took a nap.
I want to remind you that Kelly Chripczuk begins her role as Associate Pastor on Monday, July 30. Pastor Kelly will be formally installed and then preach on Sunday, August 5. Following the worship service, you are invited to stay for a church lunch and Q&A with Pastor Kelly in the fellowship hall. Please join us for this meaningful moment in the life of the Chripczuk family and the life of our church.
Also, mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, August 19. The new Bishop of Susquehanna Conference, Bob Beaty, will be preaching that morning. Bishop Bob and his family moved from California about a month ago, and they are settling in just down the road in Dillsburg. I couldn’t be more pleased that he has been chosen as Bishop Ken Hoke’s successor.
Not only will Bishop Bob be with us that Sunday, but we will also be baptizing a small group of people down at the Yellow Breeches after the worship service. If you’re in town that weekend, you’re not going to want to miss this special time together. I’m excited for you to meet Bishop Bob, and that he and his family will get to experience baptisms at the creekwith us. Stay tuned for more info about baptisms.
Finally, this Sunday I’ll be preaching a message about the power and presence of God that should be experienced through friendships formed in the church. The church should be a place where we we’re open, honest (but kind and gentle), and authentic in our relationships. We’re called to genuinely care, to bear each other’s burdens, and extend grace to one another. The church ought to be a place where loneliness can’t exist. And there is no greater time for us to embody these practices as followers of Jesus today.
I hope to see you this Sunday in worship. We will conclude the service by sharing communion together, but we will do it a bit differently than what’s been done in the last couple of years. I expect that the Spirit will meet us in a powerful way, as we come to the Lord’s table with others who share our desire to follow Jesus and manifest his presence in the world.
Have a great week!
Grace & Peace,
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