It was a joy to share with you my proposal to wed Ms. Nicolle Rockenbaugh as part of the worship service last Sunday. Thank you for your support and encouragement. As God has called me into a new season of life personally, I want to affirm to you my continued sense of call to be with you as pastor, and I ask and welcome your prayers for Nicolle and I...and for all of us as a congregation, as we continue being the Body of Christ to worship and serve the Lord together.
From the beginning of our relationship, Nicolle and I wanted God to be central as our guide and leader. It has been wonderful to share in prayer with her, as well as Bible study, praise nights, and even serving with Revive Florida and at Manor Care. I guess you could say, we always want to be engaged in the Lord's work - cooperating with His redemptive, healing, and saving hand on earth.
There are many ways to do so. Each is unique to a person's experience and gifting from God. For example, Nicolle serves as a public school teacher (6th grade gifted math), and so she desires to convey the Lord's presence and light in her relationships with students and families in the education sector.
Thank YOU for the many ways God and His Church are served: loving your families, praying for them and the concerns of others, volunteering with our congregation, your tithes and offerings, acts of kindness, character and work ethic in jobs, speaking up for God's truth, and so much more!
We have much still to grow in and toengage God for help: a worship music leader, budget provision, how to serve our community, and God's life in our own midst. But we must remember that God is first engaged with us: "We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19); "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25b).
I am grateful that as engagement is the promise to marry, Christ's death and resurrection is the Father's engagement to all humanity that He promises to have and to hold us who believe in Christ forever and ever. Amen.