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Pastor’s Message
Moses said, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!” (Numbers 11:29). Jesus said, “For no one who does a mighty work in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. For the one who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:39-40). Everyone expects a Christian pastor to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Quite often, however, the Gospel is preached by an ordinary Christian to a neighbor, friend or co-worker. The issue is not always who is preaching, but that the might Word of God be spoken, applied, and echoed throughout the world. Everlasting Father, source of every blessing, mercifully direct and govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may complete the works You have prepared for us to do. Amen.
We live in a divisive world. There are so many things out there that can divide us, including political viewpoints, race, gender, age, fashion, and many more. There are wars, conflicts, and rumors of war floating around every day in the news. In the Epistle, Paul speaks of a dividing wall of hostility. We have many such walls. Yet in Christ, we are reconciled to God and to one another. The walls that divide us are toppled over, and Christ makes peace between nations and peoples by His own blood. We are now one Body, one Church, serving under one Lord. May God’s peace reign in your life and break down any wall that divide you from God or from others.
January 2018

I know you have had the Intention Interim Ministry explained at congregational meetings.  One of the first steps in this process is for me to gather a sense of history about COS.  I want to do that by personally talking to many of you.  I began that the second week of January, and hopefully we can continue that through the next # of weeks.  A New pastor will normally get to know his congregation gradually through worship, visits, meetings etc., but I am only here for a year, so I need to condense that into a few weeks at the beginning of this venture that we have together in order to better understand what the people of COS need to set up a very positive future.  I want to talk to many of you.I will certainly interview the leaders in this church, but if you have a viewpoint you want to express, feel free to call for an appointment.  I don’t want anyone feeling left out.  I pray that all of you will be open to regular worship and digging into the Word, praying for healing guidance and direction, taking our thoughts captive to the Lord Jesus Christ, and refreshing our hearts on how to love as Jesus loved.  God bless us as we move forward together.

~Todd Brunworth