Even though Thanksgiving comes at the end of the month of November, I consider the whole month to be a time of being thankful. So, as I was preparing to write this column, it was not too many days from the 60th Anniversary Sunday. That day featured a time of being thankful. Let me continue the thankful spirit by stating some aspects of thankfulness.
As I said that day, I (and the other three pastors who were here) express gratitude to God for the faithful way the members of Trinity Tower live out their faith. Truly it is a church where the people who attend ‘get’ the teachings of Jesus about living as a disciple by living with the priority rule of loving one another.
Second, as noted by the pastors gathered, we appreciate the stewardship dimension of the people of Trinity Tower Church. This church has always cared for the church and backed it up with their financial support. I know we pastors preach and teach supporting the church as God intends which includes tithing (giving 10% of our income to the church). I will tell you that in our experience, that is not always the case for most churches. So, I am grateful that most of you live out your commitment to God and Christ as good stewards.
Third, as pastors, each of us answered the professional ‘call’ to shepherd a congregation of people who want to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At Trinity Tower, we pastors have been able to carry out this “calling.” Realize that being in a pastor-congregation relationship allows us to share ourselves, our abilities, and our spiritual gifts with you and yours with us. That’s how a church flourishes! It is how people are shaped by God, and how we grow in faith. Thank you for allowing us to be used by God in your life and for allowing God to use you to shape us as God’s people. May each of us be pledged to continue to grow together more into the likeness of Jesus Christ as we strive to be His disciple.
Let me close this month’s column with words the Apostle Paul used to encourage the followers of Jesus:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3.15-16