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Rev. Dr. Brian Shore 

In office: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00-11:00 am

Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm

Telephone: 207-646-2160 (church office) (904) 305-1936 (Pastor’s cell)

e-mail: bmshore44@gmail.com

  • Writer's pictureRev. Dr. Brian Shore

As followers of Christ, you and I have entered in to a sacred relationship with God. That

sacred relationship involves a sacred call, sacred gifting, sacred service, and sacred

generosity.


I would encourage you to read Exodus 3. There you will find God’s call upon the life of

Moses. When God said to Moses “you will lead my people out of bondage”, the natural

response of Moses was to say “I’m not worthy or qualified”. I think that we all might

respond in this way. I felt the same way when God called me to ministry. God had to show me as He did Moses that he had a plan for me (Ps 139) and that He would equip me for that plan as He had promised Moses. I felt as Jeremiah (4:19), that I could not keep silent and was called to proclaim God’s word. I would like to suggest that God has a sacred calling for our church as well. It’s been around for awhile, wouldn’t you agree? We have continued to proclaim the name of Jesus. Lives have been changed. We have the sacred call as a church to make disciples. This sacred calling is not just for our church, it is for us as well, as individuals. You and I might respond but I’m not worthy or qualified. If we will surrender to His sacred call He will equip us and empower us to such a life.


I might have shared this illustration with some of you previously but repetition is good for our memory? I own a pickup truck and I’ve been known to pick up other folk’s rejected furniture from the curb, perhaps here I’ll join my cousin at the dump. Yes, I’m a curb shopper. When I find these castoffs, I view them as treasures. I take them home and in my workshop restore them to beauty and usefulness. I think that God might just own a pickup as well. His is probably paid for. He drives it around and looks for other folk’s castoffs and takes them to His workshop redeeming them to beauty and usefulness. And so it is with God’s sacred call upon our lives.

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  • Reverend Bob Hinkley

Dear Friends in Jesus,


“Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,

and give Him the glory, great things He has done.”


How many times have we sung this hymn to express our joy and thanksgiving to Christ?

These words show the gratitude that is in our hearts for the wonderful privilege of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, Lord, and Friend. It is my hope that you can join in praise and thanksgiving at this time of the year for the many blessings that come to us each day because we are children of the King.


We can praise Him for the free gift of salvation from sin—the joy of praying and inviting Jesus into our lives and experiencing the cleansing away of all our sin and a whole new life in

Christ.


We can praise Him for the assurance of a heavenly home—to know that when we die we will be with our Lord forever.(2 Corinthians 5:6–9)


We can praise Him that He is with us every day and under all circumstances.(Matthew 28:20)


We can praise Him for He provides for all our needs as we daily depend upon

Him.(Philippians 4:19)


We can praise Him for the privilege of living in a country of freedom and opportunity.


We can praise Him for family and friends who love us.


We can praise Him for a loving and caring church family where the life giving message of the Gospel of Christ is central.


We can praise Him for ———————————————————(you fill in the blank(s)


In this season of thanksgiving may we truly count our blessings but not confine our

thankfulness to just this time of the year! Every day we should show our gratitude and praise to our living Christ by the way we live our lives! That’s called “THANKSLIVING!! And that’s the way to LIVE!!


Your friend in our Lord,

Bob Hinckley

Interim Pastor

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  • Reverend Bob Hinkley

One of my favorite prayer promises in the Bible is buried in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah 33:3 which says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” What a wonderful promise from God that was good for Jeremiah to know and sure is good for me to know! I have access to the person who really does know everything and He is willing to share His knowledge with me. I just have to admit that I don’t know everything and that I need His knowledge and wisdom in every situation. Doing that saves me the embarrassment of being wrong. I liken this to my experiences with my personal trainer. Many of you know that I go to a gym three times a week and work out with a personal trainer called Chris. On several occasions he has told me what to do and how to do it and I have thought I know a better way or I can lift a heavier weight than he’s given me and I reach for the heavier one. And guess what? Chris is always right and I am always wrong. You see he knows me and what my limits are and what is best for me. I have learned to trust his advice even if at the moment I’m not sure. Why? Because in the area of physical fitness my experience shows me that Chris knows his stuff and he is always right! Now transfer this to your relationship with God: God created us so He knows us and He knows everything so we can ask Him anything and He will tell us what we need to know and do because God is always right! And He loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die the world’s most painful death to pay the penalty for our sin. Now that is real love!


Part of the reason I wrote the above paragraph is to call you again to pray for our Pastoral Search Committee. I mentioned Sunday morning that we have three potential candidates that desire to be our next pastor. It would be easier if a couple of them just weren’t suited for the job and only one qualified, but God has sent us three very fine but different people. The Committee has voted that their choice to recommend to the church must have the unanimous support of the committee. Early in October they will meet to make that decision. Please call upon the Lord to give the committee His will. I believe we all want the person God desires to become our next pastor. These next couple of weeks give all of us time to pray and seek God’s will. Also I want to thank everyone who came and worked so hard to make Sunday night’s meeting with our Global Servant Kristy Engell such a wonderful event. It’s encouraging to know that she is going back to the Ukraine soon and spend a year there ministering to the tragic needs of that country. Most of us know very little of the immense pain these people are experiencing as many are suffering the loss of their homes and the death of family members. Again, please pray for Kristy as she prepares to go and continue to pray for her after she arrives. She is there to in a very tangible way share the love of Jesus.


Have I given you enough to think about and pray for? Just in case you need something else don’t forget to pray for each other and the ministry of our church in this interim period. I stand in need of your prayers as I seek daily wisdom to serve as your “fill in” pastor. We need each other as we worship and work together for the glory of Jesus! Jesus is coming again! This is our hope and assurance! Let’s keep busy sharing the Good News of Jesus until that day comes!!


Because of Jesus,

Bob

Interim Pastor

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