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by: Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

05/02/2022

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the  Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25


This afternoon I made a visit to one of our members who can’t get around like she used to. We have a standing appointment every month where I come to visit and bring the Lord’s Supper. This time, though, I did something different: I asked a friend to be there at the same time.

Usually, these visits are good with sharing, laughing, and praying. But with one other person, the whole visit changed. More laughing, much more sharing, and just as much praying. All three of our spirits were lifted to new heights as we shared Holy Communion but also the communion of saints.

As I left that visit, I had an epiphany: what if community is what we’re missing? COVID, colder temperatures this spring, and a binging television habit have me looking to head home and hibernate more than usual. I’m neglecting to meet together with others and feeling a bit discouraged. I wonder if you are, too?

If this is you, too, don’t put it off any more! Get the grill ready. Call some friends. Put some beverages on ice. Have some food, fun, and friendly conversation. Encourage each other! I’ve seen enough nature documentaries to know that the zebra that gets eaten is the one that strays from the herd. Get your herd together because your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking to eat someone. Because the Day is drawing near.  

In Christ,    

Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the  Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25


This afternoon I made a visit to one of our members who can’t get around like she used to. We have a standing appointment every month where I come to visit and bring the Lord’s Supper. This time, though, I did something different: I asked a friend to be there at the same time.

Usually, these visits are good with sharing, laughing, and praying. But with one other person, the whole visit changed. More laughing, much more sharing, and just as much praying. All three of our spirits were lifted to new heights as we shared Holy Communion but also the communion of saints.

As I left that visit, I had an epiphany: what if community is what we’re missing? COVID, colder temperatures this spring, and a binging television habit have me looking to head home and hibernate more than usual. I’m neglecting to meet together with others and feeling a bit discouraged. I wonder if you are, too?

If this is you, too, don’t put it off any more! Get the grill ready. Call some friends. Put some beverages on ice. Have some food, fun, and friendly conversation. Encourage each other! I’ve seen enough nature documentaries to know that the zebra that gets eaten is the one that strays from the herd. Get your herd together because your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking to eat someone. Because the Day is drawing near.  

In Christ,    

Pastor Tom Vanderbilt

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