The Power of Being Church

Dear Friends and Family of First Baptist Decatur:

First of all, I am honored to be your pastor. As God is weaving our lives together, I stand in awe and my heart overflows with gratitude.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands –
O prosper the work of our hands!
— Psalm 90:17, NRSV

Much of my gratitude has to do with you, with your fascinating lives, and with your passion for God’s work in our world. Not only are we fortunate to be together in this time and place, but we also share an amazing history through the legacy of this fine congregation. We stand on the shoulders of giants. And we live in a time of great need. Just as God inspired those before us to do big things, God calls us now to accomplish great things. So I am also grateful for this grand time of challenge to be God’s people anew.

Over the next two months, we will be hearing from a few of our members. They will be offering stories of why and how this church family has made a difference in their lives. Whether by growing faith, feeling support in times of difficulty, or participating in an event that changed them, they want to tell you about God’s presence in their lives. And they want you to understand fully the power we share in being church at First Baptist Decatur.

Therefore, when we place an offering in the offering plate on Sunday morning or make a gift on-line, we are doing something profound. We share in the power of being a church during a time of tremendous need. God calls us to be extraordinary, to minister to a hurting and confused and divided world desperate to hear a word of hope and to feel a sense of peace, love and joy.

Such is the power of being church in today’s world. Your financial gifts add to this sacred calling. Your contribution will make all the difference over the coming year. For now, we celebrate God’s grace that has called us together. Over the next eight weeks, listen carefully to the stories of how God’s presence in this place has transformed lives. Give thanks for the amazing grace of God in our lives, and give generously to the power of being church at First Baptist Decatur. With the psalmist then, let us pray:

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands!

With love and great expectations,