We are told (1 Thess. 5:18) to “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God
This has been a challenging year for our church community, having much of our congregation sort of exiled – if you will – throughout the pandemic, and then discovering that our century-old building is under threat of collapse.
But on close reading, we understanding that Paul wrote these words to the young church at Thessalonika at a time when the fledgling congregation was being heavily persecuted by the Jewish community, who considered Paul – the letter’s author – to be a seditionist. This very young church was on the edge of ruin.
Paul’s words have encouraged the church through the ages to give thanks in all circumstances, as such setbacks not only strengthen us, but also set us up for receiving and achieving miraculous gifts of grace through the dedication and works of a community of love. So it is for our congregation here in Point Roberts.
As we come into the season of harvest and thanksgiving, it is especially appropriate this year to give thanks and offer some large gratitude for the blessings that have appeared at the proverbial doorstep of our little church on the Point.
Gratitude first, to the members and friends who have dedicated their time and talent to the work of our fundraising committee. We give thanks for their outreach that has blessed this community through our Fourth of July parade float, the ingenious (and ubiquitous) smoothie machine, the letters and appeals to groups and individuals on both sides of the border that have spoken to hearts and opened gates of generosity!
Gratitude to our many friends and neighbors from near and far who have answered the committee’s call and so generously supported this project: pedal-powering the smoothie machine, dropping coins and bills into a jar, writing checks of any amount; it all adds up and it all makes history and miracles happen.
Gratitude specifically to the Grubbs for sharing our story through The Northern Light newspaper, which caught the attention of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, who will in turn bring our story to the wider congregation.
Gratitude to new friends and neighbors who have recently discovered all the Point has to offer, and who wait patiently for our reopening so that they may sing, pray, learn and grow with us.
Gratitude to Pastor Jean Barrington and Father Chuck Cannon, who will be leading us in worship in our social hall, beginning this Sunday, September 26, at 11 a.m.
Most of all, great gratitude to the indomitable spirit of this little piece of land, small in size yet huge in faith, determination, cooperation and love.
“We know that in everything God works for good, with those who love him...” (Romans 8:28)
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