From Your Pastors’ Desk
Now to Him, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NRSV)
It is easy to be afraid and uncertain about our future, yet all too often we forget God can do amazing things! Paul knew it. He lived it. So, these words from the letter to the Ephesians remind us of this truth with power. God is able to do far more abundantly than anything we are able to ask, or even think about asking for. And perhaps even more amazingly, God chooses to work through us to accomplish more than we can imagine.
We are excited to introduce our new four-week sermon series called Fearless Generosity. We will be stepping aside from our usual narrative lectionary to learn about practices of fearless living; fearless service; fearless sowing; and fearless giving. Each week we will focus on one of these concepts during worship in creative and inviting ways. We hope you will be present each week.
This series will then culminate with our Commitment Sunday celebration on October 22nd, which will include a Potluck meal. We will join together to present our estimates or commitments of giving, in support of the ministry and mission to which we are called, as the church of Jesus Christ.
As we strive to practice fearless generosity, we can remember Paul’s blessing to the church in Ephesians 3:20-21. Using us as willing vessels, God, through the Holy Spirit—the power at work within us—is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine. In your personal prayers and as you gather in fellowship with others, please remember to invite God’s guidance through this special emphasis. May Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus be our prayer as we begin this exciting time of exploring how God is calling us to be fearless givers and fearless stewards—as individuals and as a community of faith.
Pastor Bala & Cheryl Khyllep