It is a particular blessing to be a part of this church family. We are blessed to have each other, our elders, and our pastor. Scripture encourages us to bear each other's burdens, and as such please allow me to ask you to pray this week (not that you don't otherwise) for each other, our elders, and our pastor.
Please bear with me for a moment...
Do you ever set out to read half of a book? Listen to half of a song or watch half of a movie? What about just listen to half of a sermon? The point I suppose I am trying to make is that each Sunday our pastor is challenged to keep the sermon to a particular length of time. There are good reasons for this, but what happens when, in order to meet that demand, the message has to be chopped into multiple sermons and preached over the course of weeks instead of a single Sunday morning?
I suppose all kinds of things can happen. Sometimes some of us only hear the first part or the last part as we might not be present for each sermon, but another scenario is that during the week(s) in between Sundays we might be overburdened or not burdened enough as we have only heard part of the message.
Paige is taking us through some potentially heavy sections of God's Word right now. He has such a love for this flock that I think you might even say he's carrying a special burden during these few weeks as he sees these passages weigh on some of us. Please pray for him, and maybe even more so for each other to keep the faith, stand on God's word, and hang on as we are led through these passages. As God's sanctifying work is not yet complete in us, neither are the messages from His Word these past two Sundays.
Please hang in there. Please be encouraged. Please pray.