This week, we have observed the inauguration of a new president and vice-president here in the United States. At the beginning of a new presidency, it is important for all Americans, and especially Christians, to pray for the success and well-being of the new administration and to pray for the former president and his family as they transition to a new life out of public office.
Regardless of our voting preferences, we get direction from the first verse of Romans 13: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.” A year ago, I remember a brief conversation with a pastor who was anxious about the upcoming election year and all the challenges inherent in church leadership in such divisive times. Of course, we had no idea that we would also be facing a terrible pandemic, racial strife in our country, and numerous economic challenges. It was a year of great anxiety!
However, as I look back on the previous year, I see God’s compassion reflected in the way so many of you have followed tough safety guidelines and supported your church and community through it all. Your words of encouragement and willingness to forgive me as I have struggled to offer consistent leadership have kept me going. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for continuing to pray for me. I depend upon your prayers.
This Sunday, January 24, our scripture passages are Psalm 62: 5-12 and Mark 1: 14-20 and the message is entitled “The Best Scandal of Your Life.’ Sometimes we forget how truly scandalous it was for the first disciples to leave everything and follow Jesus. We need to be reminded that discipleship really is a radical, counter-cultural proposition. I look forward to sharing the message in-person this week, as my quarantine time is finally over. Praise God!
As we progress into 2021, please remember that I am just a phone call or office visit away if you have questions, concerns, or ministry ideas for the future. It is my privilege to serve as one of your pastors!
Pastor Steve Hart