From the Pastor

From the Pastor – May Edition

Dear Smoke Rise Church Family,

Paul wrote, “I am confident of this, that the One who began a good work among you will be faithful to bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ…”

From the Pastorpro.pngWe read these words each time that we dedicate a child into our church community.  We are reminded of God’s faithfulness in every season of life.  God cares for the precious baby who is still learning to sit, to crawl, to walk and to talk. God cares for those exhausted parents who are struggling to find a sustainable sleep schedule. God cares for high school graduates anxious about their upcoming college experience, and God cares for the parents who are learning to let go.  God cares as we grapple with questions about career and calling, buying and renting, staying at home or finding a retirement community.

May is really the month when the seasons change. The cold winds are not blowing. Weather shifts from cool to warm to hot. Lawns come to life. The school year that seemed so long in September comes to a close as children celebrate the arrival of summer.

At Smoke Rise, because we know God is faithful in all seasons, May is a month filled with celebrations and transitions.  On Children’s Sunday, May 7, our youngest members offer prayers and songs in the morning service and a presentation in the evening. These little ones that we dedicated not so long ago are now leading us in worship. On Mother’s Day, May 14, we will remember those women who have impacted and influenced our lives, serving as God’s instruments in teaching us about right and wrong, life and love.  On Graduate Sunday, May 21, we will honor those young people and their accomplishments at this milestone moment. Later in the month, on Memorial Day, we remember those who have made sacrifices to protect our freedoms and give thanks for their service.

I love the month of May, because as we celebrate all that God has done in our lives, we also anticipate all that God will do as we walk together in faith.  As we plant new seeds in our lawns and our lives, we learn to place our trust in the God of the harvest who clothes the lilies and who promises to complete His good work in us.

With God’s help, both flowers and faith can bloom.

Pastor Chris

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