A Message from Pastor John
With the days getting warmer (although soon growing shorter!) it’s natural to want to slow down in the summer. And with the influx of the summer population, traffic and the time waiting in lines is guaranteed to slow us down, even as life grows hectic for a season. Early morning (or evening) walks along the beaches or trails can bring calm as we’re surrounded with the beauty of God’s incredible creative work. But we are called to settle into God’s peace in the midst of all that surrounds us, no matter whether it’s summer, fall, winter, or spring.
In this season following Pentecost, we should recall that we live in an age between Christ’s first and second comings, a period in which the Holy Spirit is at work in the world through Christ’s church. Since the dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost described in the second Chapter of Acts, the Spirit has gifted the members of the church in all generations in order to build up the church. We see miraculous gifts like healing, tongues, and interpretation of tongues… more unassuming, individualized gifts like discernment, wisdom, and faith… and teamwork gifts like evangelism, teaching, exhorting, serving, and hospitality. These gifts aren’t for our own gratification but to further Christ’s work in the world through the church. And, as we do that work, we also begin to bear the Fruit of the Spirit… namely, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And, as a priesthood of believers, we are empowered by that same Spirit for the work of ministry.
Most of our summer visitors are seeking to put the busyness of city or suburban living behind them for a while as they enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Cape. This summer, let’s exercise our gifts and bear good fruit while reaching out to those seeking to enjoy all that surrounds us the entire year. Especially, let’s exercise hospitality as we invite others to share in what we possess: the beauty of God’s good creation, our love of God and neighbor, and a heartfelt desire that they would come to the same depth of hope and faith that overflows us.
Be blessed, that you may truly be a blessing to others,