Dear Cross Creek Family,
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you" (Philippians 1:3 ESV). Thus begins the Apostle Paul's prayer of thanksgiving for the people of God in his letter to the church in Philippi. Paul's letter encourages Christian believers to maintain their joy, contentment, and unity in the gospel at all times. Philippians will be a timely book for us to meditate upon and work through together as a congregation in the weeks ahead, as we find ourselves in the midst of an unexpected and challenging season.
We are a weak and sinful people. Our sins of commission as well as omission hurt those around us. We don't measure up. We constantly fall short. That is why we must always look to our Savior King, Jesus Christ, whose grace is sufficient for us, and whose power is made perfect in our weakness. Jesus loves his people. He guards and defends us from the enemies of sin and Satan that threaten us. He will see us all through this season and lead us to the future that he has lovingly prepared for each of us.
On a personal note, I want to say thank you to all of those who have offered their words of encouragement to me and to my family as I have been unexpectedly called upon to help lead this time of transition for Cross Creek. I am so thankful for your prayers on our behalf; please keep them coming as they are needed now more than ever. I know that I am not up to the task and must continually look to Christ, the hope of glory.
I also want to give a public word of thanks to Pastor Paul Kalfa, who welcomed me into Cross Creek almost five years ago and invested in my growth and development as a pastor. I'm so thankful for his support, and for our friendship, which will continue in the years to come.
Finally, let's all keep one another in the forefront of our prayers... But don't stop there. Pick up the phone and call each other. Send each other texts of love and encouragement. Invite one another into your homes to share meals. Go on play dates with your kids. Life is not meant to be lived alone.
Christian community doesn't happen without hard work and intentional effort. But the effort is so worth the rich rewards. "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19 ESV).
Grace and peace,