Pastor’s Corner – Many Hands Working Together
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
To say “There is a lot going on at Cross these days” would be an understatement. In fact, I could probably write a pastor’s corner every day and still not be able at adequately describe the beauty of the Body of Christ at work! Our teachers and school team are being celebrated by our parents. It is lavish, deserved and so appreciated. Our teachers sacrifice so much for our students and families and for them to be recognized and appreciated is wonderful. I will say, the team that puts the appreciation together is certainly over the top and amazing in their own right!
Our building process is rocking and rolling and all of the parts that need to come together are many. I am so thankful for the team of committed leaders that are working to do everything that is needed. We are clearing out cold storage, getting permits and land surveys, finalizing the loan requirements, finalizing contract language with the builders, planning for our groundbreaking, and working to get the old septic tanks moved out of the way of the new addition.
All of these extra new construction needs are added on top of the regular end of the year events. We have many celebrations: School graduation, Wednesday night discipling, ministry year-end activities, and finishing up classroom instruction objectives. It is typically a chaotic time of year; this year is extra special. But we have a great team and a greater God.
Each person is doing a part and those parts are adding up to many great things! This week Aurora Christian High School came out and helped our Thrift Shop get closer to completing the move into their new facility, clearing up more space to work in Cold Storage. Our Middle School Students took a few minutes of their gym time and moved the worship chairs into the Fellowship Hall. This would have taken one person over an hour to do alone but was completed in just a few minutes.
When we are working for Jesus, we know that we are part of something bigger and even if we do a small part, it advances God’s will for the world. But, when it comes to faith and ministry, we don’t always get to see all of the other parts working. With this construction project you will get to see many of the parts working together and the results will be visible for all to see. My prayer is that the many parts working together to accomplish this construction will be an inspiration for us all to continue to work together to accomplish the big goal: to mature as disciples of Jesus, who make more disciples of Jesus.
Keep praying and keep trusting that even the smallest part, when combined with all the body of Christ working together and blessed by God Himself is able to produce fruit “100 times” more than we ever imagined.
See you all at the Groundbreaking on June 11th at 9:11AM at Cross!
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Mark 4:8
Pastor Erik Gauss
Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 14, 2023
1 John 1:5-10; Luke 7:41-50