Hello Christ the Servant family!
This is my first of hopefully many newsletter articles to you. I wanted to first start off by saying, “Thank you!” That is, thank you for your warm welcome and your help in making this difficult transition as easy as possible for me. I also wanted to say thank you for your patience with me as I learn all your names. So far, it has been fun getting to know everyone and I am very much looking forward to our time together in ministry and laboring together for the Gospel.
Of all the things I could write about in this article, my mind is drawn to the person who asked me on my first Sunday here which was my favorite verse in the Bible. I answered Isaiah 12:2. I love Isaiah 12:1-6, but if I had to pick one verse, it would be the 2nd verse of Isaiah 12, which reads:
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
This is a good verse to commit to memory. It could be a great comfort at times when you need a verse, and it’s a could be a verse to include in your own prayers. I love it because it sums up my faith and my own walk with the Father in Heaven. If you don’t have a favorite verse yourself, try this one on and see how it fits. Commit it to memory and recite it often to yourself.
The next verse in Isaiah is worth mentioning. Isaiah 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah is telling us that God’s word is our primary means of grace. Jesus called this grace “living water,” and my experience has been that when we commit verses like this to memory, God’s word becomes like a well of grace we can come to again and again and find life-giving water for our souls.
God’s blessings to you for this month of October. I am looking forward to the Pumpkin Patch and all the activities around it including the Bake Sale and a Yard Sale. All good stuff! I will be there and I hope to see you there as well!
Pastor Rob Taylor