It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing; that’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it: you spread God’s to everyone, you want to pass it on. This is the opening verse to “Pass It On”, one of my favorite hymns throughout my life. It is so wonderful to know that God is not only ever present, but ready to be experienced by us and then shared with the world around us. All too often we think our number one job as the church is to grow our numbers in the pews and increase the balance in the church’s checkbook. While these would help us find a greater stability for our congregation, I hope and pray our first focus is experiencing God’s love and sharing that love with the world around us.
Our congregation’s mission statement should lead us in this same direction. “Giving of ourselves and caring for one another, Shawnee Presbyterian Church Worships, Learns, and Serves our needy world together.” Won’t you join me in living out this understanding of God’s mission in our lives? We can do this by caring for our neighbor, sharing God’s love with those around you and not avoiding to share with each person the name of Jesus who calls you to love, and even inviting our family and neighbor to church activities so that they too might experience God’s love. When our focus is building the Kingdom of God we should know and experience God’s love around us and likely experience a changing world filled more with love and peace than the chaos and ugly challenges that so often fill our daily life. Together let us celebrate God’s love for us and Pass It On to everyone around us.
In Ministry Together,
– Pastor Craig
Whether you're looking for a new church or simply looking to expand your horizons, we invite you to come see for yourself. Join us this Sunday to learn more about Shawnee Presbyterian and to meet the wonderful, vibrant people that make up our church community.
9:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service