Archive for September, 2015

September 1, 2015

Year in Review (September)

Once again a year has passed, and once again our God has blessed us abundantly, often in ways we would not have guessed. We witnessed the baptism of three and the dedication of one. Congratulations again to Tyler, Alex, Katrina, Shelby and the many brothers and sisters to join the family of Mount Hermon as members. It is always a joy to see a person deepen their commitment to Jesus Christ. May none of us ever stop in deepening this commitment.

And in many ways we did this year in both word and action. Most recently we hosted a new event called Connect Sunday, inviting the neighborhood to worship together and begin friendships with one another. I pray that Mount Hermon can be a touchpoint for the neighborhood to seek the common good and learn to be better neighbors to one another. Many of us worked hard to make this event a success.

We also continued our partnership with Yates Baptist Church through Operation InAsMuch. A total of 170 participants between the two churches served in dozens of capacities to share the love of Christ with our hands and feet. We served in a public way that day, but I know that we have persistently served in small and private ways each day. Those among us who are called to exemplify service, our deacons, have worked behind the scenes to set the tone of this church as a serving church. This year we welcomed two new deacons through ordination, Mike Fitzgerald and Donnie Riley.

We have also experienced loss in our family. We will not forget Marie Couch, Virginia Shook, Polly Coley, and James Futch. They are in the arms of our merciful and gracious Father in heaven, and we rejoice in the hope of being reunited with them one day. These and the many others in our cemetery remain a part of Mount Hermon both in the indelible mark they made in life and through the indestructible bond we share in our union with Christ.

Mount Hermon’s music program continues to grow and mature, never fearing to explore new ways of worshiping together with the leadership of Janice Thompson as Music Leader. Finley Walker faithfully assisted her in leading worship on Sundays and Wednesdays. More recently, Terri Anne Darby has joined us as our new pianist. The choir and individual members never cease to inspire us with special music that guide us worshipfully to the throne of God.

“I have never been to a church so welcoming,” one visitor recently noted to me. We rejoice that God can be so gracious in making us a church of hospitality and joy. As we move forward this year, whether it is visiting the prison this month, hosting a neighborhood block party next month, or going on mission to Guatemala in two months, I pray that others may see our hospitality, our joy, our unity, but most of all our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we receive all this and more.

Pastor Rich