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Looking Ahead

Dear family and friends of First Pres,
It is so good to be back home following a restful time in the Smoky Mountains. Kelly and I appreciate the time away and return with a renewed sense of energy and excitement as summer winds down and turns to the fall.
Our scripture texts this Sunday are two very rich texts. The first reading is from John 6: 24-35. Picking up where Pastor Nic left off last week, once again we hear Jesus refer to himself as the “I AM” and associates it with the Bread of Life. This begins a staccato series of “I AM” statements Jesus proclaims in the Gospel. One item to contemplate before Sunday and communion is this: How is Jesus the Bread of Life for you?
My preaching text will come from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, Ephesians 4:1-16. It’s a text that strikes at the central chord of the note I want us as a church family to sing together. We will especially unpack verses 12 and 13 as I personally feel called to this great church in order to build a team to fully and adequately equip the saints, i.e. you, for the work of ministry, building up the Body in Christ in unity and love. Oh, how we are going to have fun and get stretched this year!
Who are you going to invite to church, small group or ministry this week?
Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Proclaim the Good News of Jesus wherever you go and be his loving hands and feet to the world!  I am

Your pastor and friend,