Pastor Ethan's Blog
Friday, January 19 2018
Hey there Trinity…
Ever had one of those weeks? Whew! If I could prevail upon your patience (shameless reference to last week’s message), let me tell you about the week here.
Sunday was an amazing day! We had a wonderful crowd at both Beaver Creek and Edwards, as we continue to see new faces and meet new people. Everything was going well until about an hour after my lunch, when some microscopic work of evil decided to unleash full-on warfare with my digestive system. Enough said. Ugh.
Monday. See last statement above. Mega-ugh.
Tuesday-Friday. Slowly crawl back into the land of the living. Time for a cheeseburger!
Okay, enough about my battle with the bug. We’ve all had those weeks, when our carefully laid plans are laid bare by something from left field- often far more serious than a two day stomach bug. But during my own little healing process, something else happened here. We saw God’s Glory this week.
There was the call I received from a man in our church family, telling me one of the best friends of his life had tragically been found dead. Then, through deep heartbreak and tears, this man went on to describe his deep trust in God, his love for our church family, and how he knew God was with him, carrying him, in the midst of his shock and pain. There are similar stories I could tell. Friends, that is the Glory of God.
There are the volunteers who have been spending hours, in one case weeks (months!), helping Trinity through our time of administrative transition. That too, is the Glory of God.
There are the other volunteers, cooking meals for our youth, teaching and mentoring our students, preparing for new growth in our children’s ministry, (and more)- all serving because they are reflecting the Glory of God.
There was the last check of 2017 we received in the mail (month long journey through US Postal System) putting us $15,000 in the black for the close of 2017. Friends, that is God’s provision, and every last dollar contributed to God’s work here over the year, each one, was a reflection of His Glory.
Finally, there are the steps God is taking to strengthen our church as we grow His ministry in 2018. I look forward to sharing these with you very soon, because they are a reflection of His Glory!
Friends, church newsletters say this everyday, but God is at Work. Each week, hearts are being convicted, encouraged, and strengthened. Friendships are growing. Yes, balls are dropped, feelings get hurt, and we must always be ready to learn, forgive and start anew, but God is at work in that as well (maybe especially so!). Thanks be to God that He didn’t come to redeem the healthy, but the sick, the broken, the confused, and the worn out. He came to reveal his Glory to, and through, people just like us.
My friends, that is a miracle. And that was the week here at Trinity.
Experiencing and expressing God’s Glory with you,
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors,
they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Love is Kind
1 Corinthians 13:4