A Note from Pastor Dave…
March 1, 2012 by Pastor Dave Scifres
9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
(Galatians 6:9-10 – NRSV)
I have noticed that our worship media team is now displaying Galatians 6:9 above during the offering time each week. I had never thought of this scripture as a “stewardship nugget”, but as I have reflected on this, it really does fit rather nicely at that time in the worship service. It comes out of a section of Galatians where Paul is encouraging the church in Galatia to bear one another’s burdens. When the church sows that compassion for others, Paul says, “…we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”
As I reflect on our first months together we have sown much that I expect in bold faith will result in a strong harvest here at Main Street Church. Though I had planned to move more slowly as your new pastor, it became obvious that you were ready to move more quickly, which has allowed us to accomplish much in these past few months. I want to thank you for all your support, and willingness to try some new things. I also want to encourage you that I believe we are at the end of the first wave of activity and change.
With that said, however, let us consider Paul’s words to the Galatians God’s words to us. “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right…” While the first wave of activity involved shoring ourselves up administratively and in worship, hospitality and outreach, the next wave will involve bolstering ourselves relationally, seizing opportunities to work for the good of all in our congregation and community. At the core of this effort will be increasing the number of people in small groups, preparing our Sunday School program for more young families and children, and increasing the number of people engaged face-to-face with our community in mission.
A new acquaintance of mine here in town is a financial advisor. Whenever I see him I always ask him if he is feeling “bullish” or “bearish” about the stock market. Recently he’s been consistently “bullish.” I want you to know that I continue to be “bullish” on Main Street Church, and all God appears to be preparing to do here. Dawn and I look forward to some great years ministering among you!
Sincerely in Christ,