Thanks again to all who made our annual meeting a success last week. The food was delicious, the attendance was up, the annual report was another Raby literary and photographic masterpiece, and the reports by the ministry teams and groups reflected a very busy and productive ministry and mission in 2019. Thanks to all who made this possible. And thanks be to God!
As winter wears on and spring inches closer, I am reminded by how life is not a bed of roses, unless you live in southern Florida or California. And they, I suppose, have to deal with the monotony of good weather all year long. But face it; mid-February in our part of the world is cold, damp, grey-brown, and dreary. Most of us would prefer the vibrant colors and warm temperatures of spring. But part of life is carrying on and making do in season and out. So, instead of letting the winter doldrums get us down, we need to spend more time lighting candles than whining or cursing the darkness. One of the candles at Trinity is the warm and inviting fellowship we share with each other.
Historically, the church has been called the Body of Christ, the spiritual location of the love and joy of Jesus Christ since his resurrection and ascension. Because the members of the church are the Body of Christ, we form friendships that surpass those we make in the world. This is why Christians typically refer to one another as sisters and brothers, not just fellow-members or even the wonderful word, friend.
In this fellowship of believers we rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, which forms deep and lasting bonds. One of the favorite songs Elaine and I hold dear is Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?” This is a great song for slow-dancing at wedding receptions. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, if I haven’t told you lately that I love all of you, then please forgive my oversight and consider yourself told again.
I hope you will join us for worship on Sunday. I will preach on the part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus raised the bar on what God’s commandments require of us. Through Moses, God outlawed murder and adultery; Jesus raised the stakes by outlawing anger and lust. If you thought God saves us by grace through faith and not good behavior, you might want to check out what I have to say about Jesus had to say about that on Sunday. I think you will be pleased and relieved. I continue to give thanks to God for how kind, generous, and loving this congregation is, and I am pleased to still be your pastor. I hope to see you on Sunday.
Thank you for the wonderful turnout for last Sunday’s Annual Meeting. The lunch was delicious and the happy energy was infectious! David thanked the members for another strong year of ministry, service, and care. The church’s 2020 operating budget was shared; if you would like a copy, please speak with Cheryl Anderson, the Stewardship Team elder. In addition, the pastor’s terms of call were approved.
Another item of business carried out was the election of the members of the Nominating Committee. Those elected included Donna Barnes, Tom Carrigan, and Chris Catalano. The Session will elect their representative on Monday; Betsy Moore will represent the Deacons.