From Your Head Elder
Hello McMinnville Church Family! Our Lord and Saviour is alive and working in this church through the Holy Spirit.
I have recently received blessings from taking a new look at Jesus' prayer in Matthew 6, commonly known as â€œThe Lords Prayer.â€
â€œOur Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.â€
â€œGive us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.â€
Notice that the whole prayer is in the plural in regards to us sinful humans? Mrs. White says, "No one prays aright who seeks a blessing for himself alone.
â€œThe petition, â€˜Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,â€™ is a prayer that the reign of evil on this earth may be ended, that sin may be forever destroyed, and the kingdom of righteousness be established. Then in earth as in heaven will be fulfilled â€˜all the good pleasure of His goodness.â€™ 2 Thess. 1:11â€ (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, chapter 5).
Everything in this prayer is just so great!
As the McMinnville Adventist Church goes through natural and healthy changes, we have the assurance of our Father's care and direction. Your group of elders are committed to facilitate these changes and to constantly evaluate them with God's instructions in the Bible. We have inserted into the bulletin every week the mission statement for our church to remind us all of the focus we need to have to be a part of this great movement, the Seventh-day Adventist church. The elders are very open to your input and welcome you to the first part of the eldersâ€™ meetings on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. so you have a chance say what is on your prayerful minds.
The process of finding a pastor for our church is in beginning stages. The Oregon Conference leaders are planning to meet with us May 9 at 7 p.m. for a business meeting to discuss our options. Make sure you are there to be a part of and have a say in the direction God wants us to go. So be prayed up and filled with the Holy Spirit; after all, why not be as effective as possible!
We will all miss Pastor Lynn, Debbie, Michael, Matthew, and Meleah. Our hearts have been permanently changed by their ministry here in McMinnville and a little part of each of us will go with them. As they transition, we need to shower them with all the prayers and care that can be mustered. I can't help but think of the farewells the early church had with the disciples as they ministered from church to church knowing they may never see them again.
Our prayer should be that we exemplify Jesus in all we do. â€œ...Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it.... It is written not by pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts.â€ 2 Cor. 3:2,3 NLT.