Change is hard, but it’s a fact of life. Change can be good; change can be bad. Usually it’s somewhere in between. We often grieve when things change. Sometimes we welcome change with joy. Fall is the perfect time of year to think about change. The world is changing around us, it happens every year, and we have a choice – to resist the change and miss summer or to be grateful and enjoy the beautiful colors.
As many of you know, Hope is in the midst of changes. We have been involved in the visioning process for just over a year now. We continue to work on our four initiatives: worship, stewardship, mission, and governance. In addition, Ms. Carlie’s last day was October 11th and Jim has retired, and so there are changes in these positions and there’s the possibility that changes might take place within these programs.
And so, we ask for you to join us in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. We give thanks for all that has been, all that is and all that will be. We give thanks for Carlie and Jim. Pastor Ron and I, in particular, give thanks for all of you. We give thanks for God’s faithfulness. We pray together for the future of the church and especially for the future of Hope, that it be Spirit-led. We pray for the interview process, that it be Christ-centered. We pray that we might continue to think and do that which is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing and commendable.
Things have changed, are changing and will continue to change. And some of us might think that’s scary and some of us might think that’s wonderful, and most of us probably think it’s both. Hopefully we all know that within the change, God is present. The Spirit is at work. And the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
Thanks be to God!
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”