In Philippians chapter 4, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say it: Rejoice!” These are powerful words directed to the body of Christ. But perhaps the most striking reality is that Paul wrote these words from the inside of a prison cell. In what could certainly be called “less than ideal” circumstances, Paul exhorts the Christian community to rejoice at all times. Not some of the time; not just when things happen to be going our way. Rejoice in the Lord…always! That is Paul’s encouragement to the church in Philippi, and now to us. We live in a world that craves joy. There are many things wrong in this world, so we are constantly presented with reasons not to be joyful. As Christians, however, we believe in a love that is bigger than our circumstances. We believe in a peace that surpasses all of our understanding. We believe in Jesus; therefore, we rejoice!
In this season of ministry, my hope and prayer is that our community would take Paul’s message to heart. There are many reasons for us to rejoice in what God is doing in and through this congregation. Perinton Presbyterian is an amazing church, in case you didn’t already know (and I confess, I’m a little biased as your pastor). I’d invite you to rejoice with me; God is doing some awesome things! Here are a few of them:
New Confirmands: On May 20th, we will officially welcome and receive 14 new members (7-8 graders). These young people are incredibly gifted, and we are so blessed to have them as a part of our church family! We rejoice and give thanks for these new members, and for all they bring to PPC.
New Leadership: In April, we celebrated the ordination of new church officers. Tom Force, Sandy Munson, and Judy Burgeson were ordained as elders. Our newly elected Deacons are Dianne Mau, Lisa Pratt, Holly Warren, Leila Doll, Rebekah Burrill, and Mary Cooney. We rejoice that God has called these wonderful people to serve!
The CAT Survey: We had a fantastic response to last month’s CAT survey. In the near future, you’ll learn more about how the results will guide and shape the future of PPC. We rejoice because God’s Spirit is at work in this interim process, and He will continue to be faithful as we discern our church’s mission, and ultimately who He will call to serve as our next pastor.
Water in South Sudan! If you were with us during Lent 2017, you may recall our project with Water for South Sudan. PPC provided all the funds necessary to construct a well to provide clean water for thousands of people in South Sudan. The well has been completed! Stay tuned for more information, including some great photos. We rejoice that God provided this opportunity for our church to partner with great organization that is doing great work for the Kingdom of God.
Whatever your circumstance, friends, I hope that you are able to see the evidence of God’s love in your midst. As a church, we have many reasons to rejoice in the Lord. God is faithful, and is guiding us every step of the way.
With Great Joy in Being Your Pastor,