Ministry Updates for Wednesday, September 30th, 2020


We are offering in-person worship this Sunday, October 4th at 11:00am. If you want to attend, please see below link. The Facebook Live service will remain at 9:30am.

 In-Person Worship Reservation – Join us In Person at 11:00am

We need to have certain restrictions on our gathering for worship, including a reservation system. Most of the details you need will be on the form at this link The system will close at noon on Thursday. Please contact the church if you have any other questions regarding in-person worship.

 Scripture – Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 

 Reflection – Gratitude

The first thing I noticed when I moved into my second career of being a pastor was how often people said, ‘Thank you’ to me.  While I do remember people saying thank you in the workplace in my previous career, it was not near as often. It made me feel good.

 There is more than one way to say thank you. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul suggests we sing with gratitude in our hearts. In my experience, the feeling of gratitude in my heart starts with the practice of saying thank you. Gratitude is a wonderful feeling. Cultivate it by saying thank you to God and thank you to people.

 It may even help to take time to take a deep breath and imagine the effort someone else put into helping you or doing something for you.

 While there are limits to how much another person can do for you, the only limit on what God will do for you is whether or not it will ultimately be good for you. Christ would, and did, give his life for you. That is something to be grateful for and yes, to even sing about.


God in heaven, the whole of my community does so many things for me and for the world around us. They pave roads, teach children, care for buildings, grow food, manage public works, develop technology, build cars, and so on. Whether people do this for pay, out of the goodness of their hearts, or both, help me be a person who stops and offers a sincere ‘thank you’ when it is possible. And Lord, we are thankful for Jesus’ life, teaching, miracles, and sacrifice on the cross. Amen.