School has started already?I cannot believe Summer is over.Time marches on.It is not just the seasons of the year that pass us by; other changes take place in our lives that happen so quickly.Children grow up.Quality of health can deteriorate overnight it seems.I was visiting with a family today that has experienced a significant life change in the past year.We really do not know what tomorrow holds.
As I am writing this we are in the last week of Sean serving as our Worship and Family Pastor.He hasn’t been here long, but knows that God is leading him to serve at Tulsa View Acres as their Minister of Music.I know I am sad to see him and Elizabeth go, especially when I am still getting to know them, but am joyful to see them follow God’s will for their lives.I know you all feel the same way.Be in prayer for Sean and Elizabeth as they journey through this transition.I want to stop and say a big, “Thank you!” to Sean for all he has done in working with our choir, youth, and children in addition to his leading us every Sunday in singing praises to God.Pray for View Acres and the ministry they will continue to have in Tulsa and Berryhill.Pray for our church as we seek God’s direction to fill the voids that are left.I do not want to look at this time in a negative light, but prefer to see it as opportunities for others to step into positions as God calls them.It creates an opportunity for us to grow closer as a church family.
Ephesians 4:11-16 tells us that God places us right where He wants us to be and brings us together as a church family for the purpose of making disciples.For whatever reason God wants us to have this time in the life of our church.He wants us to depend on Him through this transition time.He wants us to seek His direction.He wants us to come together to be the body of Christ He desires.God has a plan and we must let Him reveal it to us in His time.Until then, we must be faithful to pray together, seeking God’s will.
I am excited about what God has in store for us here at Pawhuska First Baptist in 2014 and beyond.God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work.Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is.“Greater things are yet to be done in this city…”Be constant in prayer.Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9).In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name.It isour mission.