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God has created me to do him some definite service …
I have my mission … he has not created me for naught.
I shall do good; I shall do his work …
I will trust him, whatever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him,
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.
He does nothing in vain …
He knows what he is about.
—John Henry Newman
Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. Then let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others, some goodly strength or knowledge gained for yourself.
There’s a tale of a traveling priest who was confronted by a soldier in pre-revolutionary Russia. Rifle in hand, the soldier barked, “Who are you? Where are you going? Why are you going there?”
Instead of answering, the priest asked how much the soldier was paid – and offered double if the soldier would challenge him with those three questions each day as he passed by.
Those three important questions can guide us on our journey through the brand-new year ahead. For Christians, thankfully, the answers are clear:
-Who are you? “I’m a child of God!”
-Where are you going? “I’m going out into the world!”
-Why are you going there? “I’m going out of love for Jesus, who died for me!”
Place these questions and answers in a spot where you can see them each day. Then go forward confidently, knowing “whose” you are and what your purpose is.
Join us along with Jay United Methodist Church next Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30PM-7:00PM for Trunk or Treat. If you would like to participate by decorating your vehicle and distributing candy or prizes, please park in the lot between the two churches. Hope to see you there!
Join us Sunday, October 15th
Brother Fran Picker will be delivering the message. We’ll have dinner on the grounds immediately following the service. Bring a covered dish, drink, and or dessert. We look forward to seeing you here.
The North Santa Rosa Ministerial Association will be hosting a Back To School Rally for all young people on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00PM at Cornerstone. Pizza and drinks will be provided immediately following. Please join us as we start off the new school year by rallying for Christ.
It’s that time of year again! AWANA Clubs will begin Wednesday, September 6th. We would like to invite you to come by the church office Tuesday-Thursday, 8AM-1PM to register for the upcoming year. If you can’t make it during the week, please join us on September 6th beginning at 5:30PM for the first night of clubs and fill out your forms then. We look forward to seeing you soon.
When you have a sense of calling — whether it’s to be a musician, soloist, artist, in one of the technical fields or a plumber — there is something deep and enriching when you realize it isn’t just a casual choice; it’s a divine calling. [That’s] not limited to vocational Christian service, by any means.
—Charles R. Swindoll
During the coming weeks, as you or loved ones celebrate graduation, remember it isn’t a closed door, an end or a farewell. Instead, it’s an entryway threshold, a beginning, a hello — and one of many such opportunities that mark life.
“God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings, just as graduations are not terminations but commencements,” writes Bernie Siegel. “Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.”
Of course, we can “create a perfect world” only by letting God guide our actions. So, dear graduates, may you partner with God to meet suffering with love, kindness and compassion through all the new beginnings of your life!