Congregational Church of the Chimes
Walking together in Faith, Fellowship and Service...
expressing hope and experiencing God's love.
Join us as we worship together Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
We invite you to join us this Sunday, May 29, 2016
Reverend Rae Perteet, Senior Minister will be preaching:
"Growing by Leaps & Bounds"
the culmination of our "Growing by Leaps and Bounds" sermon series
with a special 10 minute highlight from Alan Steinberger on the piano.
It will be a vibrant and joyful occasion – hope to see you then!
Children's Message in worship with Nursery care and Sunday School available for all ages.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Psalms 37:23
When I was younger, I can vividly remember on many occasions running up the stairs to the second floor of my childhood home. Now, what I remember most about these moments is how effortlessly I would often run up and down these stairs taking two or three steps at a time! I would dash up and fly down the stairs, with no thought or real exertion needed. That is, until one day, I did not negotiate my leap up two of the stairs accurately and, oh boy, did I feel it! Needless to say, nowadays I take each step in turn.
As we have come to see in dynamic depiction over the past few weeks of our sermon series, Growing by Leaps and Bounds, there is a process to growth. It is a process that can often be a bit frustrating at times. Because of this, the first hurdle to overcome during this process is not allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed by the frustration and give up, turn backward, or remain in our nest. Although, should we endeavor to persevere and continue the process, there remains a second major obstacle; the temptation to with impatience seek to rush the process along. Sometimes, our eagerness to see what God is creating in our lives, to view the final product before its time, may cause us to attempt to rush ahead before we are ready.
The beauty of the process remains in valuing each day of the journey. The scripture reminds us that, “The steps of a good and righteous man [or woman] are directed and established by the Lord.” (Psalms 37:23 AMP) What moves us along is properly negotiating the steps that God has set in front of us. Skipping steps only leads to possible trips and falls. Christ, when addressing a few individuals who were always concerned with skipping ahead and constantly worrying about how the future product would come out; what would their clothes look like, the meals they would eat and likely a thousand other things they could worry about or try to rush into existence. Christ’s response to them was this: “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mathew 6:33,34 NIV). This certainly doesn't mean that we become lazy or indifferent about our future selves but rather what a wonderful reminder to take each day, each step in turn, always inviting the Divine in on the process.
My prayer for you today is that you will seek God in whatever stage of the process you are in on your cycle of growth. Not stay where you are, not turn back or even rush ahead. But that you would use each day to take another step closer to where God would have you to be.
Remaining in His Light,
… Come check out our new dynamic sermon series on Growth April 17th – June 5th.