Come on Back
 
Notes from the pastor
 
COME ON BACK!  WE MISS YOU.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, GOD MISSES YOU!
 
Bring gifts and celebrate,
Bow before the beauty of God,
Then to your knees – everyone worship!
Psalm 96:8
 
 As I look around at worship I am delighted by all of the faces who are a part of the Front Street UMC worshipping congregation.  It’s uplifting to be with people who are here to praise God!
 
I also know that there are some faces that have disappeared or have become irregular in making worship part of their life.  Please know you are missed.  If you are part of this group, receive this as your invitation to reactivate your faith and your relationship with God through worship at Front Street.
 
We all need God as a regular part of our lives.  Those of you who are skipping out on worship are robbing yourself and robbing God.  (I say that with all the pastoral love I have for you.)  You are robbing yourself of the opportunity to be part of something larger than yourself – something committed to honoring the One who is our Source.  You are robbing yourself of the comfort and spiritual richness that comes to you through being in relationship with other Christians.  And you are robbing God of his worship – that which He is worthy and deserving of.
 
You were created to worship God.  Ephesians 1:12 says, God's purpose was that we … who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.  Before you engage in any other activity in your life, your first duty and mine is to engage in worship.  Now you might say that you can worship by yourself, and you would be right…to a point.
 
Consider the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer though:  “God has willed that we should seek and find God's living Word in the testimony of other Christians, in the mouths of human beings.  Therefore, Christians need other Christians who speak God's Word to them.  They need them again and again when they become uncertain and disheartened because living by their own resources, they cannot help themselves without cheating themselves out of the truth.  They need other Christians as bearers and proclaimers of the divine word of salvation.  They need them solely for the sake of Jesus Christ.”
 
…You are a member of God’s very own family…and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”  Ephesians 2:19
 
How is your life going right now?  Is it tough?  Have circumstances gotten you down?  Are things hard at work or relationships difficult?  If so, I want to suggest to you that your life may be out of order.  Without even noticing, your priorities may have slowly shifted away from God and toward the things that burden you.
 
Come back to Him and He will share your burden.  Come back to Him, find delight in worshipping Him, and He will give you joy and peace.  Come back to Him and lift your heart in praise – it will do you good, and it will strengthen your relationship with your God.
 
If you have not been participating in the life of the church on a regular basis, now is the time to re-ignite that flame of love you have for your Lord.  Now is the time to come back into the fold and enjoy the company of brothers and sisters in Christ.  Now is the time to simply recommit yourself to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
He sacrificed himself for you…join the rest of us in thanking Him through worship.  He is waiting … patiently … for you.                                                                               
Grace and peace,
Pastor Ross
Last Published: August 8, 2018 8:26 PM
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