Greetings from the Moderator AUGUST 2019
The beginning of the school year points to the end of summer. The long lazy days of summer, with its beach walking, theme parking, hiking, biking, barbecuing, traveling adventures come to an end as students, teachers, families and people of faith get back to work and the regular pace of our lives.
As this time of rest and recreation comes to a close, the words of Jude come to mind. The penultimate words of this book of Scripture, as short as the summer season, charge to those who read them to, "build yourselves up in faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, look forward to the mercy of God and have compassion on others." Ultimately, the book concludes with a benediction of praise to God. Jude 24-25 reads, "To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."
How good it is to know that God is able to keep us from stumbling as we resume the normalcy of school, vocational and church life and volunteer service in this second half of 2019. As we re-engage in these activities, we may find ourselves consumed with tasks that may pull us away from spiritual growth and true discipleship. How wonderful it is to know that even though we will make mistakes and get off track along the way, we may enter God's presence with great joy because of Jesus Christ. God is our loving helper. Christ is our redeeming Savior. The Holy Spirit is our empowering strength giver. We can be confident as we do our best to live in faith each day, that with God's help, Christ's love and the Spirit's power, we will begin and end the year strongly. Go into each day with the assurance that God goes with you.
Peace and Blessings,
Reverend Erika Rembert Smith