How many of you all have already gone to the beach for the summer? I wish I could say I was one of them, but that would be a lie. Don’t worry though, I have been living vicariously through my Facebook and Instagram posts from my friends, congregation members, and family. However, as I was looking through the pictures of the people, I noticed their big smiles and captioning underneath saying, “Love it” or “It’s Summer-Time.” This caused me to wonder about how they were feeling during that time. Then, as I normally do, I started to wonder about the people who were like me, (simply looking at their peers’ posts) and asked myself, what were they thinking.
No matter where we are in life, whether we are the ones on vacation, or we are the ones simply admiring to be able to go on vacation, we should ask ourselves, where is Jesus during all of this? Are we embracing Jesus in all that we do? Are we holding on to the gospel of getting closer to him and sharing his light? Some of you may know, but this will be my last day with you all here at Messiah. God has called me to go serve at another church. I have so many emotions going through, but I know that during this time, I need to look up to God and be desperate for him. My prayer for you all is no matter what transition, no matter what vacation you are going on, no matter if life feels stagnate, be desperate for Jesus. Trust in him and love him. Strike a passion to truly be in relationship with Jesus because at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
This Sunday, we will focus on Matthew 16:13-18 in traditional worship with a sermon entitled
“Being Desperate for Jesus.”
At the 8:15 am service, the Matthew Cook will present
“In the Garden”
as the anthem. At the 9:30 am and 11:00 services, the Chancel Choir will present
“When in Our Music God is Glorified”
as the anthem. Matthew Cook will also present,
“In the Garden”
during the 9:30 and 11:00 offertory music. Pia Diggs will be leading a contemplative non-traditional worship service at 11:00 am in the Youth Center (the "Risk" service). We hope that you will come and join us this Sunday to Messiah!