Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebrations and Concerns: Join Me In Prayer

   What a blessing for each of us to witness the young people before us on Sunday, confirming their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and moving forward in growing as disciples:
Maxx Anthony Bass
Jacob John Broome
Luke Jeffery Elliot
Lucas Rye Mathis
Hannah Marie Wood
   And, these were not the only ones who took part. We had a great group of other students stand in front of the church and re-affirm the covenant they've made with God. I am proud of each of them, and Matt and I said as much to each of them as we prayed with them two weeks ago following their decision to say Yes to Jesus.
   My prayers for the church, everyday, include these young people and their families. I specifically pray for our members and the visitors who worship with us. I, also, have written on my prayer pages a reminder to pray for the visitors who've not yet attended Bonaire, but who one day will walk through our doors. I want us to be a church where those who've already said Yes and those who have yet to commit feel the love of God.
   There is so much going great at Bonaire Church. We are discipling each other, we are serving our neighbors, and we are generous with the world - water wells and mission trips and more. Yet, indeed, we've got places of concern. We want our worship to be great, regardless of the style we are offering in that hour. We want our children - from birth through the school years - to be included, to be cared for, and to be offered every chance to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way that works for them. I promise you that the staff who work here and the countless lay people who serve alongside are working on these very things every week. We fall short all of the time, but we also rely on God's grace to make up the shortfall. Join me in praying for more great Sundays like this past weekend, where people of all ages are able to say Yes to Jesus.
   Grace and Peace, Scott

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