Pastor Paul’s Ponderings
Hello New Hope!
One of the responsibilities of a pastor is to call the congregation he or she serves to faithfulness in their relationship to Jesus. While church attendance is not a requiremet for salvation, it is an indication of a believer’s faithfulness to his or her Savior. Worship is a vital element in our ongoing relationship with Jesus and is essential to a healthy spritual life. One of the things that I have noticed in my almost 5 years as pastor of New Hope is that if everyone who calls New Hope their church home were attending worship regularly our attendance would be averageing right at 70. Yet our average attendance is about 52. This is an indication that worship is not a priority for everyone. Our participation in worship should not be influenced by whether or not we are acknowledged by others who are there (we are not there for people, we are there for God), it is not about the “performance” of the pastor or music pastor or choir or musicians (we are there to offer ourselves in submission to God) and it is certainly not about whether I “feel like” getting up to go to church (Jesus certainly didn’t “feel like” dying on the cross for my sins). If a follower of Jesus, a Christian, is truly committed to her/his Lord and Savior, then participating in worship each week is an greatly anticipated activity, not an obligation to be met when there are no other activities calling for my participation or inconvenieces such as getting to bed late on Saturday night. Is worship a priority for you?
Grace and peace,
Good morning New Hope!
Sunday is our 2nd Annual Worship in the Park! I am excited and believe it is going to be a wonderful time of worship and fellowship. It has been great seeing our Worship in the Park signs in your yards and in other places throughout town. Many of you have shared that you have invited many to join us. Today and tomorrow would be an excellent time to contact those you have invited and remind them. Remember to let them know you will be looking for them Sunday morning to welcome them. Also, continue to invite! Think about your family members, friends, neighbors, and work associates that are not attending church and invite them to join us. As Jesus followers we are called to seek those who are not following Jesus and to invite them to come and discover the life-changing power that comes from being a Jesus follower.
After our worship service we will eat and enjoy fellowship with one another. If you are bringing food please remember to bring cold food in a cooler and hot food in an insulated container until time to eat. If you volunteered to help load at the church please be there at 8 a.m. We will be at the park to begin setting up around 8:30 a.m. We will be bringing folding metal chairs from church but you are welcome to bring your own chair if you want. If you have a New Hope t-shirt you are encouraged to wear it (maybe over a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt since it will be cool). We have the pavillion rented until 5 p.m. so you don’t have to rush off afterwards. It will be a beatiful Fall day and a great opportunity to sit in the park and enjoy being together with your New Hope family.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday and experiencing a tremendous time of worship and fellowship at Don Fox Community Park!
Grace and peace,
Happy Tuesday New Hope!
This coming Saturday, Septmeber 28, is the 2nd Annual Compassionate Hands Ministriy Chili Cookoff. It will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon from 5-7 pm. I have entered the chili competition for Best Chili. You get to vote for your favorite chili, so I good turnout from New Hope with votes for your pastor would be awesome! There are several different categories with about 20 entries. Tickets are $10 per person or you can buy a family ticket for $25. This includes, chili, sides, drinks, and desserts. There will also be some really nice door prizes. I have tickets if you would like to get them from me or you can buy them at the door. I am attaching a file you can open that gives you an opportunity to enter the chili competition or to volunteer or provide some items needed for the event.
We will be hosting our homeless guests on Saturday evenings again this year. We will have sign up sheets soon for the areas of need for this ministry. As always we will need men to spend the night (two men each Saturday night we host), lunches to send with our guests on Sunday morning, people to cook and serve breakfast on Sunday morning, people to wash sheets and blankets, and snack food provided for them to have while they are here. It would also help to have two people who would be willing to drive the van to return our guests to town on Sunday morning. The transportation on Saturday evening is taken care of. I will have a meeting on Sunday, October 27 right after our worship service with those who would like to be involved in the Compassionate Hands Ministry.
Grace and peace,
Good Morning New Hope!
Sunday, October 13th is our second annual Worship in the Park. We have the main pavillion at Don Fox Park reserved for the day and will worship together there at 10 am. Following our worship celebration we will enjoy a time of food and fellowship. Sign-up sheets will be out this Sunday for the various areas of need to make this day happen. Please be sure to volunteer to do what you can. We will need food and drinks, we will need people to help load, transport, set-up, take down, and return tables, chairs, and equipment, and we will need people who will be at the park early to serve as greeters. If you have a New Hope t-shirt you are encouraged to wear it that day. If you don’t have one check with Robbie Haynes to see if it is possible to get one by then (call or text him this week so an order can go in as soon as possible).
Our yard signs will be available this Sunday to take with you to put out promoting this event. Please check at your home to see if you still have any from last year and bring those back please. We are using the same signs by applying this year’s date over last year’s. We need some volunteers Saturday morning at 9 am to come help us apply these updates. There are also invite cards available for you to take to hand out to invite your family members, neighbors, work associates, friends, and anyone else you know that is not attending church anywhere. Please take a handful with you on Sunday.
Pray for those who are planning and preparing for this special day. Pray for favorable weather. Pray for those people that you are inviting. Pray for God’s powerful Spirit to move in a mighty way bringing some of His lost sheep back home.
Grace and peace,