I praise God for new leadership at The River. The installation of Sharon Versluys and Michael Taekema during our worship service on Sunday reminded me of all the courageous and Spirit led leaders that have served The River over the years. However, let me take this moment to remind you that every one of us has a calling at The River. Romans 12 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” So, just as Sharon and Michael have stepped forward to use their gifts, let me encourage you to step us as well. You’ll be blessed if you do.
Our Road to Reconciliation event is only 3 weeks away. Sharon and I are buying 20 tickets and inviting 20 friends and neighbours to the event. By the way, we always buy tickets in advance like this because it puts some pressure on us to actually invite people. Otherwise, with busy schedules, inviting tends to be something you never get around to. Let me encourage you to do the same. Buy 5, 10 or 20 tickets and make a point of inviting people you know to this important event.