Pastor Julie’s November Message

 We Are Blessed

Dear friends,

Lately, in my time of devotion, I have been focusing a great deal of attention on our blessings.  I have found this time to be enlightening, challenging and enjoyable and I invite you into this time of reflection, as well.  I have been meditating on the following questions that you might find helpful.

  • What are the blessings in my life?
  • Who is the source of all blessings?
  • What is our Biblical understanding of ‘blessing’?
  • How does ‘blessing’ relate to ministry and our ministry here at Messiah?
  • In what ways can we ‘grow our blessings?

It seems wholly appropriate to me that we would take the time to reflect and count our many blessings and give thanks in this month where we celebrate Thanksgiving.

As Christians, we understand that we have been blessed in so many ways.  Chiefly, we have been blessed through the grace and mercy of God that we have come to know through Jesus Christ.  As we have been blessed, we are called to be a source of blessing in the world.  This blessing takes many shapes and forms.  These blessings also make up the ministries here at Messiah Lutheran Church.

As you take the time to reflect, I invite you to rejoice in these blessings through the many and varied activities listed through this month – through the Thanksgiving tree, through youth activities, through our coat drive, through First Communion Sunday.  May our ministries continue to reflect God’s grace and mercy in all that we do.

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the
living…__expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in
your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
— Mother Teresa

Grace and peace,

Pastor Julie

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