Good morning and Welcome to Church! Last week was a very special time for me at Church. I have been in the ministry for a long time and in those many years I have seen many of my Pastor friends leave the ministry and leave their calling. Being a Pastor is very difficult work. I’m not trying to say that it is harder than anyone else’s job or pat myself on the back. I am just saying that being a Pastor of a Church is the most difficult thing that I have ever done and I have watched as many of my friends have left their ministry as Pastors because their Churches, in many cases, drove them away from the joy of their calling.
That’s probably one of the reasons that this past Sunday was so special to me. I had to be out of town the week prior on a business trip with my other job and I was really almost out of touch for the whole week because my days were packed with work. I was blessed that our office and our staff does not have to have me here to do incredible work. We have put processes and procedures in place to handle the large amount of work that we do and everyone on our team does such a tremendous job with their ministry.
And, as great as it was knowing that the office and the Church runs smoothly without me in town, it was an even greater joy to me knowing that I could come to Church and bring my family and that we could just sit in Church and enjoy the day at Church just like everyone else. I was able to sit and sing and worship with my family and listen to an inspiring and thought- provoking message that challenged me in my walk with Christ. It may seem like a small thing to some, but for me it is a joy to know that my Church accepts me and my family as active members here. Yes, I am the Pastor, and I am blessed that you have called me and allow me to be your Pastor, because that is also what God has called me to be. But, as a husband and father and fellow follower of Christ, the greatest joy for me is knowing that my family is part of this Church family. This is our home.
So, as difficult as the ministry can be sometimes, it is often these little things that make my heart feel joy. As I sat listening to the sermon, I was thinking about the word “wonder.” And that word took on life for me because I sat in “wonder” at the amazing things that God has done in my life and in our Church. Merry Christmas from me and the entire Sorgen 7!
All for Jesus,