But there is a certain awkwardness to Pastor's Appreciation Month. It feels like we're receiving thanks for something we don't deserve. First, we know that it is God who works in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. Second... you all make our job pretty easy! I speak for all the staff when I say that we are the ones who feel grateful for those of you who are part of our church body.
No church, of course, is perfect. You know there are ways we could improve in our shepherding and I trust that you pray for God to be gracious and allow us to grow in those areas. And we know there are ways that God will continue to perfect your faith. The labor of ministry is very heavy at times.
Even still, I can't imagine a more joyful place to serve the Lord. I can honestly say, along with Paul:
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge...so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor 1:4-9).Thank you for allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to be glorified in your worship!
Daniel, Ben, and Mike