Living in Thanks

Hi there, here we are again! Thanks for joining in. As you can guess, it’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving. Always tough to come up with something new to say for or about this celebration. I mean, what can one say that hasn’t been said and that doesn’t sound trite or flippant?

As those called to journey on the Way, we naturally enjoy a life of thanksgiving. We are indeed a thankful people. We are thankful that we have food, water, shoes, clothing, shelter, beds, and all the other material blessings we enjoy. We are thankful for a peaceful land, for the freedoms we enjoy here, for elections which, even if we do not always agree with the results, allow for an orderly transfer of power.

But beyond all this outward blessing, should all these outward blessing be removed, we remain a thankful people. In Christ we realize that there is more to this life than all the outward trappings we crave, there is an inner life which is beyond the pale and touch of the physical. We are, after all, a people with a spirit and soul fashioned in the image and likeness of our God, and we never truly find purpose, peace, and joy outside of our life with Him, and those He loves and calls His own. Our thankfulness, therefore, is not just a response to what we have, it is a response to  who we are. We are God’s own called by His grace into Him, into each other, into life and life everlasting.

Thus, we are a people full of thanks, living a life of thankfulness, thankful for life, thankful for new life in Christ, thankful for forgiveness, and thankful that we have a hope beyond the grave, that we are not condemned but loved by a joyous, generous, forgiving, loving God.

I know that I am thankful for each one of you, thankful that you have taken on the ministry of grace, ministering to each other and to the community from a heart not burdened with duty, but set free by the love of Christ living in you. What a joy it is to see you all forget the past pain and look toward a future joy, yearning to bear not only the burdens, but the joys of one another, enduring all things and running the race set before us and reaching the goal of that is ours in the calling of Christ in faith. Keep on keeping on in faith!

In thanks,

Pastor Sweet

Life on the Edge

Wow. How about this? This brand new blank site and blog is like wandering up to the edge of a precipice, looking down and wondering, “What on earth am I doing here?” We are living on the edge, the fine point of beyond and behind. We are being called to leave the safety of the old and diving head first into the new.

You can be sure it will be different things at different times. It will be challenging. It will be exciting. It will be terrifying. Sometimes all three at the same time, but there is one sure thing, we will never be alone. Christ assures us that He is always with us, pushing us, leading us, encouraging us, comforting us, and rejoicing with us along the way.

In the nexus of the chaos of entering the future where every crisis is a new opportunity, we have the joy and peace of knowing we are living a life worth living just as we join Him in the grace of ministry to each other, encouraging and loving one another, lifting one another up to new heights.

You are invited to come along for the ride as you learn to live life on the edge of the what you were and the what you are becoming, the safe and the dangerous. And as you step out in courageous trust and face the challenges of this life you will know the peace and joy of a life truly worth living, a life filled with purpose and meaning.

Things are bound to get wild as we learn together to trust God and love one another, so grab some promises, hang on to your halos, and enjoy the ride!

In the excitement of His joy and grace,

Pastor Sweet