PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
April 5, 2018
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the ways in which the Holy Spirit leads us. As we discern next steps as a congregation, we want to be in tune with God’s leading. But this can be confusing.
Shortly after I graduated from seminary, I was pondering my next steps for ministry. And, while I was taking a shower, I had this strong inclination to consider a residency in hospital ministry. I had taken a unit of clinical pastoral education at a hospital during the summer after my first year of seminary. So, I knew some of the supervisors in the program and I was at least partially aware of what the program entailed. So, I made an appointment with my former supervisor. I sensed the Holy Spirit was guiding me to apply for the program.
When I met with the current supervisor of the program, I discovered that the participants in the program had already been selected. Since I was serving as a supply pastor, I suggested that I join the program as a volunteer. The supervisor was intrigued with my suggestion and I joined the program just as it started in September. After one month, one of the residents decided she could not keep up with the rigorous on-call schedule, so she dropped out of the program, and I became a full member of the group.
God opened a door for me in a unique way and the Holy Spirit led me throughout this process. That program ultimately led to me being asked to interview for a chaplaincy position in a neighboring hospital when the residency year ended. It is amazing how God leads us.
It is my prayer that none of us would live routine Christian lives but that the Holy Spirit would lead us to powerful ministry for His sake. The Holy Spirit wants to lead us to minister to a desperately lost world. How is the Holy Spirit leading you? The question we want to consider now is how is the Holy Spirit leading us as a congregation, specifically as we consider purchasing property to build a ministry site. May we seek the leading of the Holy Spirit as we prayerfully discern our next steps!
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Black
Please keep Stephanie in your prayers for her transition back to life in Ireland and for her work with Serge. She will be teaching and training through the transition, over the next few months: New Testament introduction online for Fuller Theological Seminary, Bible interpretation for the Presbyterian Church of Ireland’s accredited lay preacher training course, and European Theologians Network of the European Leadership Forum in Wisla, Poland. Praises also for her first grandchild, James Grayson Walker, born in January. You can keep up with Stephanie through her blog:
THIS SUNDAY- Pastor Glen's sermon this Sunday is: “Hearing from God,” based on 1 Kings 19:9-18. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Sunday School will resume this Sunday after worship at 10:45am.
New Adult Sunday School Class - The adult Sunday school class will begin a study of the gospel of Mark on April 15th. Mark accompanied Peter and was believed to be his writer, so this gospel was very accurate in reporting Peter’s account as an apostle of Christ’s. It is beautiful story of the life of Jesus and we will have Timothy Keller’s book, Jesus the King (formally entitled King’s Cross) available to assist in our study of Mark. Come join us in the chapel beginning April 15th, at 10:45am, immediately following worship.
Children's Ministry Change - We now have an elementary class during the Sunday morning sermon in addition to our current nursery. This provides for meaningful discipleship and special lessons for our elementary children during this time. If you are willing to teach this class once a month, please contact Kelly King at firstname.lastname@example.org.