Beloved Brothers and Sisters of Living Word Church,
I came home from church yesterday, quickly enjoyed a turkey sandwich, and then hopped in the car with Glorie-Ann and drove to Rod Abilhomme’s house for a “drive-by” of Blessing. How good it was to see Rod standing with his family on the porch, and by God’s grace recovering from his stroke and the impacts of Covid-19. Rod, Wilene, Rodwilene and Aaron – we love you and will continue to pray for you.
My thanks to our Tuesday night prayer-group, Men’s Discipleship Connect Group, and to all of you for your prayers and support of Rod and his family. Let us continue to stand-firm in the strength of the Lord and pray with the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). In so doing, we are able to stand against the schemes of the devil and we are able to pray for the mystery of the gospel to be proclaimed.
The Gospel proclamation modeled by Jesus involves words and deeds. Our words are so important as we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The words we choose to say, the words we chose not-to-say, and the way we choose to listen to the words of others are ALL important. May God grant us patience to listen well, grant us wisdom on when to speak and when to listen, and grant us speech that is always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:2-6).
Regarding the deeds of the Gospel - We are to go, we are to make disciples, we are to heal, we are to love, we are to serve, we are to open eyes, we are to show mercy and compassion, and we are to liberate the oppressed (Luke 4:18-20; Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 28:18-20). I am in conversation and prayers with our pastors regarding further social-justice engagement as a means of Gospel proclamation. Please pray with us. I am also working with our Hope for Worcester team on ways we can collaborate with other churches, businesses and community partners to demonstrate the Gospel this summer. Please pray with us.
Lastly, please know that we are praying for you and with you. Keep the prayer-requests coming in. If anyone among us is sick, please call upon the elders of the church, so we can pray with you (James 5:13-15). If a house-call is needed and or a front-lawn visit is available, our pastors will come. We love you and Bless you in Jesus name!
In Faith, Hope and Love – Pastor Brian
Ps. For all who enjoyed prior emails regarding my wife’s bird-feeder, I can tell you that the birds did their version of a “drive-by” today…more like a “fly-by.” While outside early this morning, a couple of Robins flew in formation, came in low and swooped right in front of my face - then landed gracefully in the yard. I took it as their way of saying, “Thanks for keeping up with the bird feeder!”