Pastor’s Garage August 23, 2017

We’re back! We ended up having a tonne of fun on our little holiday. The waterpark in Edmonton, camping, Galaxyland, the Zoo and more. It was a really refreshing time as a family to just get away and enjoy being together. We only had a few "moments" after being in the car together for hours on end. Thanks to all of those who had been praying for us while we were on our holidays.

In my journal I have a list of things that I pray for every day. Some of them are personal and some are for the church and some are for my family. One of the things that I pray for is that God would give me more of a prophetic voice. We are told to eagerly desire spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14 and this is something that God has laid on my heart to pray for. I am not totally sure what it would look like, but it’s something I am waiting on God for. What gift are you praying for or seeking God about? I think spiritual gifts can sometimes be forgotten but they are an important part of what makes us "apostolic."

Another thing that I pray for is that God would increase my capacity to lead teams and to be better at bringing people together to complete a task or to create something. I’ll be honest, there are times when I don’t know what to do or how to make something happen. I have felt handcuffed at times by my own inadequacy or by fear or by ____________ (go ahead and fill in the blank because I know you have felt similar at times, I think we all do). It’s in those times that we have to lean on God and trust him that as we move forward, we’ll be able to do the things he’s called us to do. And so this is something I regularly pray for.

This Sunday we’ll be covering John 19-20. So please come prepared for that. Go ahead and spend some time in those two chapters. Chapter 19 especially is very sobering, but it’s a passage we should not skip over lightly. Next week we’ll finish up John with chapter 21.

One more reminder about Kid’s Church which will start on September 17th. I’d like each of you to consider if this is something you’d like to volunteer for. If this is something that you feel a tug at in your heart please let us know. There is a sign-up procedure this year because we are moving into a bit more of a structured program with the increase in kids so please begin the process as soon as possible.

Youth will be kicking off on September 15th! Pastor Lindsay will be meeting with his team of key volunteers tonight. I think we should all be praying for the youth of our town and for Pastor Lindsay and his team. The youth of today do not face an easy world to navigate. They need a personal and deep relationship with Christ!

God bless!

Pastor Dave