Hello to All,
I hope this summer finds you invigorated spiritually and having fun connecting with people in new ways. Amy and I will be travelling to Nova Scotia later this month to visit a retired pastor/friend, Rev. Richard Bieber, and his wife, Jean. Dick was the pastor at the church where Amy and I met back in 1986 in Detroit. The church was in a rundown neighborhood but had a vital ministry to people from both the city and the suburbs. The message was strong and the people were loving and Christ-centered. It was a wonderful place for our faith to grow and for us to get involved.
It is a great gift to have a community where you feel supported and challenged. I hope that St. Luke is that kind of place for you. You are a part of making our church one that welcomes people of all backgrounds with the love of Jesus. It is a joy to come to church each week and greet each of you, to hear how God is working in your life and to see your smile as the life of God shines through you.
As we gather in the coming weeks and months I hope you will grasp how important your role and calling as a follower of Jesus is. God is using you to bring healing to those who are hurting and light to those who need some clarity about who they are in their relationship with God and others. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” What a privilege to carry that light in the world. I’m glad to be with you in this mission.
Don’t be surprised if there is a little extra “fire” in the messages once we get back from our trip up north. “Iron sharpens iron” and when we meet with those who are filled with the Spirit the sparks will fly! May you have many of those encounters this summer. I would love to hear what God is doing in your life.