PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
April 24, 2019
We read in 2 Chronicles 5 that after the Temple had been built and furnished for God, the Ark was brought to the Temple. Everything and everyone was in place, “the song was raised with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,’ the house, the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (2 Chronicles 5:13b-14, emphasis added).
As we just celebrated the Resurrection of the Lord, we recognize the glory of the Lord! I wonder if you have seen the glory of the Lord in your life. I have seen the glory of God in my life more times than I can count – certainly when I gave my life to Jesus back in 9th Grade; when I observed the birth of Kristen (I do not know how anyone could witness the birth of a child and not have a relationship with the Creator). Obviously, I have seen the glory of God in my 30 plus years of ministry. One of the most significant times for me was on my wedding day. And I stood in the front of College Hill Presbyterian Church and watched as Kim came down the aisle. That is a powerful moment – all that anticipation! She was gorgeous – and she was set aside for me. God was at the center of that moment – and he was glorified in what we were doing. We sang the wonderful worship chorus – Majesty. It has been my privilege to have a bird’s eye view as I have watched countless grooms as their brides come down the aisle – looking at the groom’s face; it reminds me of what I must have looked like.
So, we are to glorify God in whatever we do. We are to sense His presence in all the seasons of our lives. So, can you glorify God when you brush your teeth, or when you are weeding a flower bed, or when you are changing a tire? The amazing thing about giving glory to God in all the things you do is that now all the things you do become meaningful to the glory of God.
Can you glorify God when you are sick? Can you glorify God in times of failure and difficulty? We read in James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance . . . maturity, and character”
God can get glory even when we are not at our best. All you have to do is look at Jacob’s life in Genesis. While dying Jacob gave a beautiful blessing to each of his 12 sons – on his deathbed. And in that moment, he glorified God – and has blessed countless generations to this day from that blessing! We can all do that. We were all created with different gifts and abilities to give glory to God in distinctive ways. Some of those ways are not seen by anyone – they are under the radar – maybe behind the scenes – but no less fantastic.
So, in your speech, in your actions, in your countenance, in the way you live – whether you are living in your sharpest moments or your weakest moments, do everything for God’s glory. And know the presence of God as he moves you from one degree of glory to another.
Valley Young Life
We did it! Mulch Delivery Day has come and gone and it was a fun one! We delivered well over 200 orders of mulch all across Augusta County this past weekend and kids raised a lot of money for camp! Thank you for your support and prayer in the weeks leading up to mulch! However, our fundraising efforts for this month are not over! April 27th we will have our 5k at Gypsy Hill Park, this fundraiser helps kids continue to raise money for camp and also helps fund ministry. We would love for you to participate and help raise support for our area through this event! If that is something you would want to do you can register at valley.younglife.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know how you can help!
With that being said, would you pray for....
1) Valley Young Life 5k and Super Hero Dash - That we would have strong community participation, effective fundraising, and good weather for this event!
2) Camp sign-ups - That kids throughout the county would continue to turn in camp forms to experience a life changing week at Summer Camp!
3) Finishing Well - As we approach the end of another year of ministry would you pray for clubs as they have their last meetings of the year! Pray that kids would respond to the talks and that great converstations would happen. We believe that kids meetings Jesus doesn't just happen at Young Life camps but can happen in the local area!
In Christ, Valley Young Life Staff
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Golden Rule Living,” based upon Matthew 7:12. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
Easter Party & Egg Hunt - The party was rescheduled for THIS Saturday, April 27th at 10am at the Roberts’ home: 16 Crystal Springs Lane, Fishersville. Invite friends and family and come out for a pizza lunch with games, music, treats and hundreds of eggs to find! Please look for email with detour information as some of the roads near the Roberts’ farm are closed.
WRE Spring Concert - THIS Saturday, April 27 at 6:00pm, Bridge Christian Church. Featuring the children of Wilson, Stump, & Stuarts Draft WRE with special guest Tanner Kennedy performing a puppet show! A free will offering will be taken to benefit the East Augusta Council of WRE.
Missions Conference - THIS Saturday, April 27 at 6:30pm & Sunday April 28 at 10:30am, Church on the Hill. Life Link, standing together globally, featuring Ruth Graham and other speakers.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill 2 part-time, paid positions:Youth Ministries Intern and Church Administrator/Assistant Pastor. Those interested should contact the church at email@example.com for more information or to submit a resume.
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.