To those who volunteer to fold bulletins, sort food, haul boxes, set up tables, sew quilts, bring snacks, and so much more, thank you. Your labor in any amount helps build the Kingdom.
To those who lead committees and task forces with mixed feelings and busy schedules. Thank you. Your energy and time are gratefully received.
To those who read, usher, and assist in worship, thank you. It is a privilege to pray beside you.
To those who have tried new things and stepped into new roles, thank you. Your boldness is a witness to God’s faithfulness.
To those who keep on in faithful service, thank you. May God sustain you in your ministry.
To those who plant flowers, weed gardens, and mow grass, thank you. You have treated God’s house like your own and it shows.
To those who give us the gift of music, thank you. Your ministry lifts our spirits.
To those whose work and family obligations make coming to church a struggle, thank you. You are a gift to your children and your community, and I pray for you.
To those who are unable to help as they’d like to or once did, thank you. Your very presence testifies to the life and love of Christ. You are enough.
To the children who dance, sing, giggle and wiggle their way through worship, thank you. Your movement reminds all of us that the Holy Spirit is never still.
To those who teach, guide, and welcome young and old, thank you. Yours is the hospitality of Jesus.
To those who listen and console the sorrowful, thank you. I am daily grateful for your compassion.
I could go on and maybe at some point I will, but for now, know that I am so glad and so honored to be your pastor. Thank you.
Pastor Emily hails form the densely populated state, but has also graced Pennsylvania, California, and now Michigan with her presence. She enjoys writing, reading, admiring dinosaurs and translating the odd stray bit of Greek that comes her way. As you can tell, she thoroughly enjoys being pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin, MI.