We’ve come to the last Elder blog of the 15-16 ministry year (sniff sniff), and we want to express great gratitude to the Lord for His mercy and grace through you all to us as Elders and to God’s people at LCC. Every one of you is vital to the life, growth, and joy of the mission of God in your local church. As we see the culture of LCC grow and change into a more Gospel-centered, honest, and free place, we see the Spirit of God bringing us all to a richer delight in all that Jesus is for us. We couldn’t be more thankful for the “many members” that make the “one body” … and how He uses the people of God to grow the people of God!
So, celebrate all that God is doing in your life and the life of your church family. Walking in grace and truth isn’t always easy, but with The Helper, it is full of blessing. Some hidden, some hard, and some staring wonderfully in your face calling out praise and thanksgiving. Whatever the case, celebrate it! We’d love to hear how God has grown you through this ministry year – would you mind jotting down a brief testimony of God at work in your story and passing it on to us via email, the LCC Facebook page, or even just an old fashioned piece of paper dropped in the mail or offering bag.
As the summer months are now upon us, and the schedule changes a bit, we sure hope you have a chance to rest. Not just physically … but through times of play and recreation, times of reading and study, hikes, walks, bike rides, and cool evenings with family and friends on the deck. Take a vacation, but don’t take a vacation from the Lord. Please do your best to make Sunday corporate worship a priority, time in the Word a continued discipline, and praying with brothers and sisters an indispensable part of your spiritual rest. Those are some of the things that will be used by the Spirit for your refreshment.
And lastly, go deeper. Don’t settle for where you are, dream for where God wants you to be. The journey is long and tomorrow isn’t promised. So shake off old habits, put away the sin that so easily entangles, and run the race with joy that has been set before you. We are already making plans for a great 16-17 ministry year and we can’t wait for all that God is going to do in and through you, and the body of LCC, in the months ahead.
- The Elders