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Pastor’s Message

 

 

 

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word
or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:16-17
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   
 
There is an old saying that I learned somewhere back in my childhood that goes like this, “Do as I say,
and not as I do.” We think or say these words when we recognize a disconnect between what someone says
and what someone does. For example, I remember one of my professors talking about the importance of using
visual aids and different teaching methods in order to connect with different types of learners—while he read us
his lecture notes in an uninteresting and monotone way. The disconnect was not lost on us!
 
Recently I told our confirmands that, “Confirmation is not graduation.” What they have been learning in
confirmation class, they are to continue to study and learn throughout their lives. The habits of reading and
memorizing the Word of God and the chief teachings of the Christian faith, and putting them into practice,
should be lifelong disciplines. We would all say this to our children, but what I would ask you to consider as
you read this is, “Have I been doing these things?” To use two more clichés, “Do I practice what I preach”
since “actions speak louder than words?” What does it communicate to our children when we drop them off for
Sunday School or other church activities but don’t attend Bible Study or worship ourselves? What about when
we say God is first but sign them up for every activity under the sun because we don’t want them to miss out on
anything, and we end up prioritizing these activities ahead of “letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly?”
 
It is with these thoughts in mind that we are making a little change to our Vacation Bible School
program this year. VBS is June 17th – 20th . In addition to our children/youth program, we will add an adult class
to the program. The format will look like this: We will all eat together from 5:30-6:00. At 6:00, we will head
into the church sanctuary for an opening together. Then, the children will head off in their groups for age-
appropriate activities while the adults will gather together for a class on the same topic. A little before 7:30, we
will gather back together for closing. I am excited about this idea for a couple of reasons: 1) In the summer we
take a break from our regular Sunday School/Bible Study activities to give the teachers (including myself) a
little rest from the grind of preparations and teaching, but I miss this time of study together, and this gives us a
good solid week of study in God’s Word while still providing for a time of rest in the summer. 2) Having an
adult portion gives us a chance to model to our children that “confirmation is not graduation,” and that we are
still practicing the disciplines we are encouraging them to practice throughout their lives. They are much more
likely to follow what we do than what we say! I think it is great that the kids see this modeled by many adults
in the congregation—not just their own parents and grandparents. The more adults they see making God’s
Word a priority in their life, the more likely they will be to continue to do this themselves and to teach this to
their own children someday.
 
In closing, I would point us all to the ONE who never had any disconnect between what He said and
what He did. Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh! What God says, God did in Jesus! He fulfils God’s Word!
Come join us June 17th – 20th for The Great Jungle Journey: An Epic Cruise from Genesis to Revelation.

 

In Christ, 

Pastor Liebich