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Pastor Linda

Connecting - June 2019

 

A Love Letter



The Apostle Paul had a very close relationship with the church at Philippi. The Book of Acts tells us the Philippian church plant began with a dream, which is likely the how most churches come into being! As Paul slept, he saw a Macedonian man saying; "Come over and help us" (Acts 16:6-10). Paul responded to the leading of this nocturnal Spirit, and in 52 AD he crossed the Aegean Sea for Troas. This was the beginning of the great mission to take the gospel to the Western World, to the Gentiles.

Paul mentions, in more than one letter, the support he felt for his ministry from the Philippian church (Phil. 4:15-16; 2 Cor. 8: 1-2). I agree with Paul: There is something sacred and precious about the support of a loving community that is crucial for successful ministry.

The time has gone so very fast ... 10 years!

Together, we have rejoiced at weddings and prayed in hospital and hospice rooms. Together, we have cried in cemeteries, and rejoiced as we bathed little ones and adults in the holy waters of baptism. Together, we have laid hands on confirmands and prayed for graduates.

Together, we have told the old, old stories at VBS, in Sunday School classrooms, in youth rooms. Together, we have come to the table bringing our heartaches and longings, knowing that this meal helps us begin again. Together, we have felt the presence of Christ and the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit as we became a single charge church.

Together, we have labored for the sake of Jesus Christ in mission to one another and the world. Together, we have worked well and hard.

Together, we have traveled all of life from birth to death, but that is what Christ intended. Through the church, we are given as a gift to one another, to love and support one another. You have all been God's gift to me. With a full and thankful heart, I offer Paul's words first penned to the church and people he loved at Philippi; so to you, the people I love of VMUMC:

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now, I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart. Philippians 1:3-7a

So thank you again and again. If I am a pastor of any worth, it is because you have graced me with your love and support. I will forever hold you in my heart.

In the love of Christ,
Pastor Linda