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Peace Lutheran Church is a congregation that never says “NO!”

This church exceeds my expectations over and over. Whenever I have visited with someone about taking on a task, or checking something out for me…the responses have been; “Consider it done!”,  “I’ve got it covered”, “Put it out of your mind”,  Don’t give it another thought!”,  “Of course”, and the most common one… “Yes!”

Now, I don’t know what your past experience has been when you have worked with volunteers, but this church does not fit the mold! Because it’s what happens next that is even more amazing. The needed tasks are carried out in ways that go beyond the expectations. New life is breathed into those tasks because new ideas are used. Those who have skills are using them to create worship space and worship events that bring honor and glory to our Lord in magnificent ways. God’s gifts are being used to provide opportunities for others to become a part of this church family. People that you sort of expect to say no…are stepping up and stepping out of their comfort zone. I would say that it almost seems like we are on the verge of a revival. We at Peace Lutheran Church seem to be hearing what God is calling us to. We are praying and listening closely. We are acting on what we hear. We are encouraging and nudging one another. We are loving each other and reaching out to love those around us.

Does this sound like I am bragging about you? Well, in a way I am.

But I believe that God wants us to know that this is exactly what He expects from those whom He has called into His service. Saying “yes” is what His Son did for us. Jesus said “Yes”, “I will give up my divinity and be born of a woman, and become incarnate by the Holy Spirit. I will walk among you, touching you, laughing with you, weeping with you. I will eat with you, drink with you, dance with you. I will teach you, I will show you, I will die for you!” “Yes, yes, yes!!”

In this season of Advent and Christmas, I ask you to ponder… like Jesus’ mother, Mary, did.  Ponder the God who comes to us with such love. Ponder what changes we need to make in our lives to prepare for His coming again. Ponder where Jesus is asking us to say yes? Then say it… “YES!” trusting that He will give you all that you need to be able to accomplish what He asks of you! Simple faith in obedience to our beloved Lord!

Pastor Gail