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From Your Pastor
May 2019

We must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:14-16

The Apostle Paul points to the human body as also a metaphor for the church, which is the body of Christ. So Easter teaches not just that the physical body of Jesus was raised, but that the church ever rises up as the risen body of Christ.

One  of my great joys in ministry is to care for this local body of Christ. This body comes together visibly in worship, and stretches and exercises as its members each make a positive difference in the wider community.

A particular joy is to accompany members of the body of Christ in and through milestones of faith. What a privilege I have to be part of every baptism here! What an honor to be part of a young person's first Communion (congratulations, Katelyn). What a great joy to be part of the Confirmation of seven young people here on May 5 (blessings and congratulations to Fawn, Gracie, Max, Taya, Marissa, Michelle, and Xavier!).

I also get to be part of weddings at which a couple begins their married life, and I get to be part of funerals at which we thank God for a holy and precious life, and participate in that person's home-going.

If one member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together.
                                                    - 1 Corinthians 12:26

Thank you for ALL the many opportunities to share one another's milestones, joys, and burdens.

It's what we do here!

Pastor Mark Boorsma

Pastor Mark Boorsma