A Message From Pastor Bob

Dear Friends in Christ,

IMAGINE!

What kind of creative projects do you like? Some like to sew, others enjoy painting or writing. I like to work with wood. Almost every creative endeavor starts with an imagination stage. We picture what we want to create. Sometimes we talk over our ideas with others to get their input. Then we may put some plans down on paper. All of this takes place before we pick up our paint brush, pencil or saw.

Part of the image of God within us is expressed in our creative ability, including our imagination. This fall we will be using our collective imagination as a congregation. A catalyst for this process was our congregational retreat on Saturday, August 29th.

Throughout September we will be setting up small groups in preparation for an inspiring four week study that will give some practical help in how to make a difference in the world taking small steps. Sometimes it's as simple as just walking across the room and connecting with someone.

As we enter this time of imagination, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Jesus is to be at the center of our imagination. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross..." Hebrews 12:2a

When Jesus is the focus everything else falls into its rightful place. As we pay attention to his words and his character our view of the world and its inhabitants changes.

God can do even more than we can imagine.

The imagination process, when it comes to God, begins with listening. We realize that we cannot manufacture God's intended future. God will accomplish God's will. Our part is to fit in with what God is doing, to be pliable and open so that the Spirit can have sway among us.

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephes. 3:20-21

Peace and Joy to you in Jesus Christ!

Pastor Bob



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