Thoughts from the Pastor

Called to Serve

As I shared during worship recently, we are blessed to have 8 youth, 1 young adult, and 2 advisers who have registered to go on a work camp this summer. Seven of our youth and two advisors will serve with Heifer international in Perryville, Arkansas. One of our youth will go to Boston, Massachusetts to work with the poor and hungry. Finally, our young adult participant will be traveling all the way to China to work with a hospice service in Shanxi.

The theme for this year’s workcamps is “grow” based on the a passage from 2 Peter 1: 5-8: “ So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus” (The Message).

The youth of our church are indeed growing their faith as they explore these wonderful opportunities to serve in Jesus’ name. Much of their faith has been established and nurtured by this church and by other people of faith. We can celebrate that their service is an extension of the ministries that take place at Linville Creek Church of the Brethren. Still, we should likewise be inspired to look for our own opportunities to grow our faith for none of us are ever fully done learning and growing. Perhaps our calling won’t take us far away but there are always ways, both big and small, to build upon the faith we have received.

May we continue to celebrate and support all those within our congregation who receive the calling to serve. May we celebrate that their calling is rooted in the faith that has been nurtured by this community. May we be inspired to listen for God’s voice calling us to action – calling us to faraway places, or our own community, or maybe even to people within our own congregation. Listen for the opportunity to serve and to grow in Jesus’ name. ~ Blessings, Pastor Nathan