This week I ran across an old grocery store bag in the corner of the garage. It was heavier than I expected it to be. That’s because there were a couple rocks in it. (What…you don’t keep a bag of rocks in your garage too!?)
Rocks like the one pictured above. And I was reminded of my shortcomings. You see, five people who weren’t able to attend our VotL groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2015 gave me their “prayer rocks” which I promised I was going to press into the concrete foundation of our ministry center building along with the hundred or so other prayer rocks that people made at the groundbreaking ceremony.
But these five rocks in the grocery store bag didn’t make it. I failed to put them in the foundation. They found their way instead into the corner of the parsonage garage. And I couldn’t help but wonder, How many other things have I failed to do over the years of serving as a pastor here? How many other things have I overlooked or in my weakness failed to say or do? How many people have I forgotten about? I’m sure the list is long… Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
But then I pulled out a rock from the bag to see what was written on it. And that’s when I saw the words you see above: “THANK YOU LORD 4 PASTOR BENS WORK 4 DA LORD +VOTL”. On the other side it says, “GOD BLESS PASTOR BEN.”
And sure enough, what an incredible, timely reminder (yet again!) of God’s grace smack dab in the midst of my shortcomings. The love of God’s people and their prayers…for me. Yet again…for me. Oh how the LORD has blessed me, so much more than I deserve! How constant his mercy. How steady his love.
And as the message on this prayer rock hit me right where I was at…I was reminded again what a privilege it is to share the good news of a Savior who came to meet us all where we were at—squarely in the middle of our many shortcomings and sins. How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ!
Friends, this Sunday at Victory of the Lamb, Pastor Bill will be wrapping up our New Year Revolution series with a message of the power of love put into action—God’s love for us and our love for each other. See you there!
ICYMI – be sure and watch my message from this past Sunday. “You have a call! (because of God’s purpose and grace”) Part 4 of our series New Year Revolution.
Bible 101 Class – Pastor Bill began a new class this Wednesday evening. There is still room for you to jump in and participate. Just let Pastor Bill know or register here. Wednesday evenings starting January 31st from 6:30-8pm. There will be no class on February 14th.
Ash Wednesday Worship – On Wednesday, February 14th there will be a brief but meaningful worship service at 6:30 pm at the ministry center.
Celebration of Ministry – We will be having a celebration of ministry for Pastor Ben, Sarah and girls on Feb 11 from 2-4 pm, with a short program at 3pm. The celebration will include hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, memories and a time to reminisce. We will be collecting donations for a ministry appreciation gift for Pastor Ben, Sarah and girls. You can drop off cards and donations in the box in the lobby on Sunday mornings or mail them to VOTL, c/o Ministry Celebration, 11120 W Loomis Road, Franklin, WI 53132. If you are interested in helping prepare for the Celebration or donating food items, please see your email or contact Cassy Robbert, VOTL Events Coordinator.
2017 Giving Statements – are ready for you to view and print. Details on how to do this were emailed to you earlier this week and can also be found here. In addition, printed copies of how to access your statements can be found in the Welcome area of the lobby. Please note — we will not be mailing out statements this year, unless requested to do so. If you need assistance or have a question, please contact Nancy.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,