To my church family,
In this broken, hurting world we
live in, God has intervened, giving His ultimate expression of love in that
"He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have eternal life." (John 3:16). As followers of Christ, it is such a
blessing to be a part of this community of faith, hope, and love at Christ the
Redeemer. We are living Acts 2:42 as we "devote ourselves to the apostles
teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
God has sent our clergy, who He has called to lead us as we worship and praise
God together. They are committed to preaching His holy living word, helping to
train and equip us to share the good news of Jesus Christ, being witnesses of
His love in the world with our families, our neighbors, our co-workers,
wherever the Lord leads us!
Through His love, God has given us
our vision statement at CTR. First and foremost, it is God's own vision as,
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
(Matthew 6:10). We at CTR only want what God has in mind for us.
God has given us our mission through
the great command, "as Jesus said, you shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, soul and mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the
second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew
22:37-39). And the Lord has called us to "go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And lo, I am
with you always, even to the ends of the earth." (Matthew 28:19-20).
As Christians, having accepted the
truth of God's love and forgiveness through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
we have access to the amazing resources that our Father has available for us.
He has given us His Holy living word as the guidebook for our life. The love He
gives us through the Holy Spirit, gives us strength (Ps. 18:1), power (Luke
24:49), and His "peace that passes all understanding which guards our
heart and mind in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:7). As we receive and accept this
strength, enabling power, and peace, we are able to do whatever God calls each
of us to do. We are also able to see Him more clearly as He continues to work
all around us.
Personally, I see how God's love is
being expressed through our church family at Christ the Redeemer, not only as
you pray for and minister to one another, but I also see so many expressions of
God's love as you show hospitality to those God has sent to visit CTR... and as
you serve Him selflessly. You are faithful to pray for the work of the Lord
within our own congregation and beyond praying as the Lord leads. You have
shown many expressions of God's love and support through CTR's outreach
ministries touching and changing many lives beyond our church walls.
Because of His love, I have felt the
Lord calling and challenging me in new ways to serve Him. What is the Lord
calling you to do? Is He calling you to a new area of service? Is the Lord
challenging you and me to give to CTR in ways we have never done before?
Sharing the blessings He has given us? May we each accept the many
ways the Lord expresses His love for us, and may we be open asking the Lord how
we can show our love to Him by giving back to Him for all He continues to do
for you and me through His work at and through Christ the Redeemer.
In His love,
Your sister in Christ