“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
The Apostle Paul reminds us that living with an attitude of gratitude makes our life richer and our outlook brighter. Paul’s focus in this passage was, of course, the Gospel. In reality, every blessing begins at the Cross, for the Child of God. Having plumbed the depths of Isaiah’s portrait of the Suffering Servant in Chapter 53, we are keenly aware of the magnitude of the Father’s love for us! This Thanksgiving, may we be mindful and grateful of every good gift that the Father bestows on us daily. They all flow from His indescribable gift!
This past Sunday was another amazing day for the Family of Families. It began Sunday morning with an intimate time as we gathered around the Table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Then, Sunday night, Heaven came down and glory filled our souls at our Community Thanksgiving Service! God’s House was full, the combined Canaan choirs brought the house down, and Bro Caddell stirred our hearts with his message about God’s indescribable gift. What a joy it was to gather in our renovated FLC to fellowship with God’s Family. I am certain that the Father smiled from Heaven as the brethren gathered to dwell in unity (Psalm 133:1). What a joy for us to again answer the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and show the world that we (the Church) are one! Our divided nation so desperately needs to see this picture of unity in Christ. Let me use this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our Community Service such a stunning success.
Our proposed 2017 Budget of $931,034.70 was adopted Sunday morning in both services. It reflects a modest reduction of .37% from this year’s budget. We are grateful for the work of our Stewardship Committee. We should be reminded that the budget is simply a guide for the New Year. The budget is met weekly through the faithful tithes and offerings of God’s people. Thank you for your faithfulness.
I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I’m looking forward to our Sunday services as we gather again in God’s House. Don’t forget our weekly prayer initiative for Spiritual Awakening, we’ll gather in the Church office at 8:15 till 8:30.
Your grateful partner in the Journey,