Thursday, May 19

Reconciler (Almost) Weekly Update

Where is that fire which once descended
On thy Apostles? thou didst then
Keep open thy huse, richly attended,
Feasting all comers by twelve chosen men.

-George Herbert,Whitsunday


Sunday's service was a great gift to the pastoral team. When five guests appear at our church, our ranks seem to swell out of control. How can so few bring such great joy? We want to say that it is the work of the Hoy Spirit. It descends upon us all bringing grace and hope and forcing us to make room on the floor as we sit on pillows before the altar. Grace and peace to all who visit. We are thrilled to have you present with us.There are a couple of announcements. First, we will have a guest presider on May 29. Rev Mark Juchter will be visiting with us and has accepted our invitation to serve at the altar. Thank you, Mark.

Secondly, there is a Constitutional Committee meeting on June 26th. We hope that as many as possible can come to this meeting. If all goes well, this will be our last committee meeting before we vote as a congregation to accept the constitution.

Thirdly, Tripp visited with Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield, the Interim Executive Minister, this Tuesday to discuss how Reconciler can begin the formal process of affiliating with the ABC-MC. The meeting went very well, and we have begun the process. It is possible that the Region could formally accept us at the Annual Meeting in November. Tripp will be available for questions about this on Sundays or you can email him at tripp@anglobaptist.org. It is good news. Also, the Executive Minister will be the guest preacher at North Shore Baptist Church this Sunday. The service begins at 10:00. If you are interested in hearing him preach and meeting him, this is a good opportunity.

This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there. In that light, read these words from Paul.

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Cor. 13:11-13)

In The Name of the Three in One,
The Pastoral Team