Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

The race set before us is clear. We are all called to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ actively participating in the life of the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. The race is not always short and easy Sometimes the course has hurdles and obstacles. In recent months, our church has faced flooding in the basement, damage from an earthquake, social unrest in our nation, economic uncertainty, a change in senior pastors and a shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Right now, the race may feel more like an endless marathon than an easy jog. We may become disheartened and exhausted. By God’s grace, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering for us. This is not the first time the church has confronted a crisis. Over the last ninety-seven years, the church has survived other floods, building projects, social change and pandemics. We are grateful that the saints who came before us endured adversity and built a strong foundation for our church.

In this challenging season, may we set aside every weight – every fear, every distraction, every excuse – and run the race following our pacesetter, Jesus Christ. May we not grow weary or lose heart. Like the saints who came before us, we will complete the race with perseverance through faith.

I encourage you to review the Annual Stewardship material, photos and charts that you will receive by mail next week. Please take a moment to reflect on the many blessings you have received from God and then prayerfully decide how much you will give back to God for the work of the Kingdom. Everyone is being asked to fill out an estimate of giving card for 2021 and present the card as an act of worship on Commitment Sunday, October 25. You may also mail or drop off your card at the church office.

Grace, Peace and Love, 
Michael Tomson-DeGreeff, Senior Pastor 

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