Sunday, March 20, 2016
This year is the 6th anniversary of a sister church that we started in a nearby town. We asked some of our members to leave their cozy home church and embark on a new adventure. At first, they met in the library of the local high school. Now, they rent the town hall for Sunday mornings.
Many churches in our area are dwindling. Why is ours growing?
Is it our pastor? Is he some charismatic preacher - No. Does he have a wonderful, warm personal manner? No. Is he really smart? No. Is he full of energy? No -he has a chronic illness that makes him tired much of the time.
So is it the congregation? Are they charismatic, warm, energetic, smart? Do they organize lots of engaging activities? No, no and no.
What we do have is a pastor who believes that it is God's church and his parishioners are God's people that he has a responsibility to nurture and equip. And we, parishioners, also believe it is God's church, not our church, and that our job is to love and care for each other. We also feel it is our responsibility to encourage and support our pastor. We talk a lot about forgiveness and strive to walk the talk. We try to be slow to anger, and quick to be kind. We embrace the love that God has given to us. We are happy to have a haven.
It's Palm Sunday. Hosanna!