Dear Friends,

Consecration Sunday 2013 is now history.  It was a wonderful day.  Thanks for all who worked so hard to make it possible.  Thanks to all of you who made a special point to be there.  I’ve heard so many appreciative comments.  One of you said this:  “I enjoyed every minute of it. It was so great to have our giving placed in the larger context of celebrating God’s abundance.  And then that abundant meal!”

One reason it was such a great day was Bill Hays.  He preached a powerful sermon.  In case you missed it, I just want to leave you with part of it.  He was talking about the abundant resources that are ours in God through Christ Jesus.  He said that each one of us can be transformed from the person we are right now to the person God wants us to be.  Then he put on the screen a number of possible transformations:

From adrift to anchored . . . from insecure to established . . . from scattered to rooted . . . from empty to FULL . . . from broken to mended . . . from ill to healthy . . . from nobody to Somebody . . . from out of control to on the path . . . from insane to sane . . . from anger to peace . . . from busy to quiet . . . from f ra gme nt ed to Whole . . . from NOISE!!! to solitude.

We were invited to find the transformation we need in our lives right now (maybe more than one) and claim God’s promise, possible because of God’s abundance in Jesus Christ.

So Consecration Sunday was about a lot more than money.  We can get really fixated on money, here at church just like at home and everywhere else in this world.  I’m going to try to remember as we finish this year and begin a new one that even in times of apparent scarcity, God is still in charge, and our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power at work in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

In Christ,