A Great Day to be the Church

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the Gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-4

Yesterday was a great day to be the Church!  We welcomed so many people to Trinity—the church was full of singing, laughing, and joy.  The Holy Spirit enlivened us with gifts of grace, we feasted at the table of the Lord and then around tables laden with goodies in the Fireside Room.  God’s creation was evident in the beautiful flower arrangements and the sunshine which warmed our hearts.  Thank you to all who made this day so special—the many who served and the many who enjoyed the hospitality.  It was wonderful to welcome old friends and make new ones. 

We now move from the celebration to the every day business of being the Church!  St Paul gives us inspiration for being together in the book of Philippians.  I am always glad that this letter begins with words of thankfulness and I have quoted these words often.  At our best, we in the church are gifts worthy of thanksgiving.  Our thankfulness is an appropriate response to a gift of grace.  We know on our own that we can get cranky, argumentative, boastful, and competitive.  All the good qualities that we share in church and in the rest of our lives, such as patience, kindness, listening and sharing are truly gifts from a gracious God.  We continue to learn from God how to be the church for each other and for the world around us.

Paul was giving thanks for the Christians in Philippi because they had boldly and bravely learned to use their gifts for the spreading of the Gospel.  We are each uniquely gifted people of God and it is joy when each person shares the gifts they have been given.  We give thanks for the faithful people who continue to serve year after year in so many capacities!   Fall is also a great time to think about doing something new with the God given gifts and talents you have.  Sewing, baking, arranging flowers, singing in the choir, telling a story for Sunday School, serving on a committee or Council, planning or organizing a new event—the possibilities are endless and the results will be wonderful.  We will have new reasons to be thankful!

God’s peace and joy be with you all,

Pastor Jocelyn