There are changes happening at the church. You can see pictures of some of these changes above. When it comes to taking care of a property, we are always dealing with change - either the changes that come with time and the forces of weather, or the changes that we design, create, and encourage.
You can see in the picture on the left the changes that wind, rain, snow, and sun have begun in the walls of our building. Over the years, the elements have slowly been eating away at the bricks and mortar.
You can see in the picture on the right the changes that are happening in the flower beds and landscape of the church. Leaves are budding; flowers are blooming; life is growing all around. While we cannot control these changes, we can encourage them. Faithful members have planted trees and shrubs and flowers throughout the years, knowing that each spring we would be greeted with new life. Others have pulled weeds, watered, fed, and cared for these plants to ensure that we continue to see their beauty.
Life is change; it is all around us. We cannot stop life right where it is, just as it is, and keep it that way forever. We are all in the midst of change. We are changed by the elements around us. Sickness, divorce, job loss, death, distance from family, injury, war, and a million other things are the storms that beat against us, wearing us down until we crumble.
But the Good News is that there is other change, too. There is not only decay but also life. In Jesus Christ we find new life daily. He alone can change us from dying to living, from doubting to believing, from broken to whole, from outcast to insider. Over the next six weeks we will hear the stories of people who have been changed by Christ. We will see in their lives the life that Jesus alone gives.
What kind of change to you want? Because none of us can live unchanged. None of us can stop the hands of time. But we can choose the change we want. So what will it be? Do you want the storms of life, or do you want the change Jesus brings?