Pastoral Post 10.20.2017

SOMETHING IN THE WATER

“Wherever the river goes, everything will live.” -Ezekiel 47:9 

The prophet Ezekiel is given a vision that likens the movement of God’s people to the movement of a great and powerful river. The origin of this river is the temple—the sacred place where God’s people experience God’s transforming presence in worship and prayer. The water emerges from the temple, grows into a river deep enough to swim, flows through the Arabah (the wilderness), and into the sea of stagnant waters. The stagnant water becomes fresh. The Dead Sea comes to life, and is now filled with fish of every kind. Along the banks of the river grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves never wither and their fruit never fails.

It’s what happens when God’s people emerge from the sanctuary.

Our Fall 2017 Commitment Series, Something in the Water, will explore the ways that we move—the disciplines that define us. Our commitment to God’s agenda by living generously with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, will ensure that God’s dream for the church will come true. Stagnant places will become fresh. Dead places will come to life. People will not only have food and shelter, they will have a place to belong. They will know love and friendship and laughter—they will experience grace and peace and life.

Beginning October 22, in our Sunday morning worship services, we will spend the next six weeks exploring what it means for us to be the church. We will try to get at some answers to the question, “What exactly does God want us to do?” and will have opportunities each week in worship to examine our level of commitment. In the event you are unable to attend each week, the sermons will be available on our YouTube Channel. I am looking forward to our time together, and I hope to see you Sunday!

Excited to be the church with you,

Keith

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