“And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
The tomb was empty! The Lord has risen! We stand in the echoes of Easter with a new promise of life. For the Christian, death is now a new beginning; a new birth of life. Praise God! The quote above comes from John’s vision we call Revelation. Here the risen Christ is now victorious over the entire world and is sharing with the world the truth that is ours for eternity. In all things God is at work; bringing new life. We can trust that in the times of endings; there will be new beginnings; a new birth with new blessings.
Those words have even more power to me this year. In my own life there are places where Kathleen, Elisha and I have had to say some difficult goodbyes to Kathleen’s father and my cousin. I want to say thank you to all of you, for your constant prayers, cards and support through this very difficult year. In you we’ve seen the very presence of “God with us,” thank you! We also know that as Christ’s tomb was empty, so in him our loved ones celebrate their new life in the place God has prepared for them.
We, also, as a church will be saying goodbye to one of our beloved staff members who will be stepping down from her role as our Director of Christian Education. It has been a blessing and privilege to serve with Wendy Frase on our staff at MUM! Her hard work, dedication, creativity, and fun-loving spirit has been a great gift to us! Thank you, Wendy! We look forward to continuing to walk with you, Bill and Liam as you transition out of this position and into the new places that God is preparing and has prepared for you.
Lastly, most of you have by now seen my letter of a few weeks ago containing a survey and my request for all of us to be in prayer for our future path at MUM. We are at a place in our Sunday school, worship, and ministry where it has become evident that we need to renew our passion to reach out beyond our current comfort zones to invite others to join us in the journey with Jesus. I really appreciate your responses so far. They have been very encouraging and helpful. I can see the Holy Spirit opening our hearts to create new spaces for new people in our ministries and our Faith Community!
There are times when I need to hear God’s word above anew and remember that you and I can trust God’s grace, mercy and guidance to lead us to places of new life! I am sure that God has some wonder-filled blessings in store now! For the one we follow says to us, “See I am making all things new!”
All God’s blessings,