Working for God


Dear Spry Church Family and Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to address a tragic situation that I learned about earlier this week. Several people from our church family work in the Boiling Springs School District. During our Wednesday Prayer Service, someone mentioned the recent loss of one of the high school students in that district. After we prayed for that situation that night, I reached out to Joel Hain, one of our church members, who is the high school principal in Boiling Springs. I expressed our condolences and assured him of our prayers for this young person's family, friends, classmates, teachers, and for him and other administrators. Joel replied that it is a very difficult situation and his heart is broken for the family. He asked that we keep the family especially in our prayers, so please join me in praying for the student's mother Brenda, brother Peyton (a freshman in college), and step-father. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

In response to these circumstances and other tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, I am reminded of how important it is that we continue to be who God is calling us to be. The first task of the church is to be the church. By that I mean that the church has a distinctive message to offer the world, the message of the redeeming and everlasting love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We gather together as a community of grace, and that is what our world, with all of its sorrows and pain, desperately needs--grace.

In worship on Sunday we'll consider how the work we do in our everyday lives can be an expression of God's grace, drawing us and others closer to God and to one another. I hope you'll join us for this time of worship. You will find the message relevant to your own life and the work you do, whether at your job, in retirement, or whatever your circumstances may be. The word "work" in a biblical sense includes more than just a literal job or employment; it includes all that we do. Thank you, Spry Church, for all you in service to the Lord and others around us. As Paul reminds us, our work for God matters: "Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).

See you in worship,