Pastor’s Paragraph for November 29, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for November 29, 2020

NOVEMBER 29, 2020

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I preached my trial sermon in my home church, Park Street EUB Church, Harrisburg, the summer after graduating from high school in 1958. Two of my high school buddies were present and many of my former Sunday School teachers from Park Street Church. After the service, my first grade Sunday School teacher, Betty, came up to me with a smirk on her face and said, “I know that sometime in the future I am going to have to call you reverend, but I want you to know that when you were in my class, you were a brat.” Then she broke into a big smile, laughed, and reached out and gave me a big hug and said, “I know you are going to be a fine pastor. I am proud to have been your teacher!” 

I don’t know how you can put a price on that kind of experience in church, but it was a priceless moment. I’ll never forget it! And it is the focal point of one of the most important ministries of the Church of Christ – making friends. Jesus says to His disciples in John 15:15, “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” How could we ever adequately appreciate the joy we put into the heart of another Christian when we call him or her “friend”? 

That joy also has a sacrificial and sharing nature to it. St. Paul says it so beautifully in 1 Corinthians 12:26, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” Right there is the beauty of Christian friendship.

JackGrove

Rev. Dr. Jack Grove
New Members Ministry