“Instead, you want to say, if it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:15
James, the brother of Jesus, believed that your faith should be lived. In James chapter 4, he was talking to people who were making daily and future plans without consulting God. He said that making plans is okay. God wants us to make plans for today and tomorrow but He wants to have a part in the planning process. He wants us to consult with Him and to talk with Him. He wants to guide us and show us what we should do. Instead of asking God to bless what we plan, we ought to ask God to show us what He wants us to do and bless us as we do it. Proverbs 16:1 says, “We make our plans, but God has the last word.” Make sure you do not leave God out of your plans. He can be a valuable asset to making wise choices.
What a wonderful service we had for Memorial Day. I am always moved when we sing the Procession of the Patriots and all of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces come forward and stand in front of the church. Over 40 people came forward in both services. What a testimony to service, dedication, and patriotism. Each one of them received a hand-delivered card made by one of our children. What a wonderful example for our children, about the sacrifice that our veterans have made so we have the freedom that we enjoy today.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you of a breakfast that we are having Saturday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m. It is called the “First Impressions Breakfast”. It is for men and women who want to know more about how to be ushers, greeters, and safety watch people. We depend on hundreds of people in our church to volunteer in many different areas. Many of these volunteers are the “first impressions” the visitors have of our church. It is important for us to serve in a way to draw people into the house of God and to encourage them to return. Come and join us on Saturday for a delicious breakfast and also for information on how you can be part of the first impressions at our church.
Do not forget that 18 of us will be going to Ukraine in July and we need your prayers as we will be teaching a children’s summer camp. Pray for your team as we prepare to do crafts, sports, English as a second language, and leading worship songs. We will have many opportunities to teach and preach the good news of Jesus Christ. You can help us in two ways: First and most important is to pray for safety and for the success of our teaching the good news of Jesus Christ. Second, you can help us pay for the supplies needed for the trip. The cost of the supplies, transportation while we are there, interpreters, and some lodging will be the responsibility of our mission team. If you feel led to help us to pay for these expenses, mark your offering “Ukraine Mission”. What a wonderful opportunity for our church to take the love of Jesus around the world.
See you in church.