From Pastor Gordy

Happy New Year Faith/Mooreton Church Families!
     2022 is here! We have just celebrated the Birthday of Jesus! The church services,  programs, parties, gift giving, and family gatherings are now a part of our memories for 2021. For some, those memories are happy and joyful with wishes come true. For some those Christmas days were filled with sorrow and grief with planning a funeral for someone who died much too young, or dealing with pain from family division and loss.
     Our world is full of uncertainties, covid, now the microcin virus.. We are also hearing about tensions between Russia and the United States, and know that we need to deal with the usual challenges of our lives.  In the midst of this we must not forget there are also joys that still are to be experienced in the New Year, weddings, confirmations, graduations, and new friendships yet to be forged.
     St. Paul often writes things that would appear ridiculous for a person who is not a Christian. I often think the following might, at first, appear to be one. In Philippians, Chapter four, Paul writes: "rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." 
     St. Paul wrote these words while sitting in a prison cell, not knowing whether he would be executed or set free.  What I appreciate is his supreme confidence that "the Lord is near"; to make our requests known to God, and how the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."  Notice St. Paul, doesn't say that we won't experience sadness or heartache; rather he promises that no matter what might come our way in the forms of joys or struggles Jesus is near, ready to comfort and remind us that ultimately all will be well. In the meantime, our Lord stands ready to strengthen, encourage and bless us with an inner calm that only God can give.
     My prayer is that this new year will be filled with joy for all of you. My prayer is also that daily you will pray to God for strength for our journeys of faith.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Gordy