Greetings in the Name of the Lord!
It is almost hard to believe this is my 40th monthly Pastoral Letter in Ellisville. It has and will continue to be a pleasure to serve as your pastor. As always I am here to serve you and to assist in whatever it is you need in your Christian walk. This letter is a bit of a smorgasbord of different things that are coming up in the life of the church with a short thought on Daniel. 1st of all we will have a luncheon on Feb. 16th (a sign-up sheet is on the back table) and on Feb. 22nd there will be a church clean-up/prep day to get things ready for the Mississippi Valley Presbytery meeting we are hosting on March 3rd and 4th. I want to let you know that you are more than welcome to attend the worship service at 7:00pm on Monday night. We value your prayers for those travelling and for the preparations.
One of my favorite Marine Corps recruiting posters has a D.I. standing overtop a recruit at Parris Island, SC and the caption reads, “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” In many ways this is also true of the Christian Life in general. While God promises to always be faithful (Semper Fi!) to His Word, the fact of the matter is we live in a fallen world that is in active rebellion against God and His Word. There have been a number of issues that have come up in Daniel since we began our study of this book back in June, but none more so than the striking example of Daniel’s simple and strong faith in the sufficiency and blessing of the God of his Fathers, revealed in the Holy Scriptures. This ultimately is what everything in our Christian walk is about, whether in worship, our families, marriages, or whatever may come our way in life. Do we love the Lord our God and His plan and because of the finished work of Christ on the cross and His gracious work given freely to His people therefore submit ourselves to Him in love and obedience or do we love the things of this world and place them before Him?
On another matter we should be concluding our morning worship series through Daniel on the Lord’s Day March 9th. I will preach an “overview” sermon on the 16thand then on the 23rd and the 30th I will preach two sermons on the Lord’s Supper. It has not been my practice to preach “topical” sermons like this, but having preached once on Infant Baptism I thought it wise to use these two Lord’s Days between Daniel and our new series to preach on the other Sacrament of Christ’s Church. After this we will start looking at likely the book of Colossians, but I welcome your prayers as I cogitate, consult with the Elders, and pray on this.
One last thing this month, I have mentioned before that the Elders are planning on beginning home visitation. We are still working on the nuts and bolts and schedule on this. I will let you know more from the pulpit. This will again provide an opportunity for you to share questions/comments on the life of the church as well as an opening for the Elders and I to bear your burdens and provide prayer and supplication. Please ask if you have questions. Attached with this letter is the new Church Directory. If there are any corrections, please let me know.
In God’s Love,
Rev. Benjamin P. Glaser, M. Div. Pastor,
The Ellisville Presbyterian Church, ARP