I often return to Paul’s sense of gratitude in his letter to the Christians in Philippi, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel….., being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:2-6)

This Fall I have relished the partnership we have in the good news of Jesus Christ, a deposit that has been handed down to us for 2000 years. What a joy it has been to witness God’s sovereign hand in you. I have seen God’s work in you as we:

  • Reach out to our community and world.
  • Grow in our knowledge, understanding and application of God’s Word.
  • Worship God in joy and gladness.
  • Honor our Super Senior Members. Thank you for your faithful witness.
  • Maintain our Covenant facility so that it can continue to be used for our community, to advance God’s glory.

The weekend of November 13 was very special. Thank you to all who contributed to rich and passionate worship as we ordained and installed David as our new Associate Pastor. David, thank you for offering a good Word from God as we consider God’s sovereign hand among us. Bryan Fraser, Alison’s father, provided a welcomed twist in playing the bagpipes, a reminder of Presbyterianism’s Scottish roots. We appreciated the presence of representatives from other churches in our presbytery and the warm support of David and Alison’s families and friends who came from near and far. Several of you commented that you appreciated being part of an ordination service.

As we venture into Advent, preparing ourselves for Christmas, may we continue to be alert to God’s sovereign presence among us. May we grow in our awareness of God’s presence and power at work in the church and the world. And may we look forward to a new year, trusting daily that we live in the palm of God’s hands.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!!!AMEN!!!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)