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“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV 
                We shared a wonderful celebration yesterday, June 27th, 2021, during our 9:00 A.M. Heritage worship service.  We recognized our graduates and celebrated their journey.  Dr. Douglas C. McCall – recent Ph. D. graduate from Penn State – preached, and we closed our service blessing the McCall family as they embark on their next adventure.  I am excited to watch all our graduates, from our nursery family through those post graduate scholars as they carry the love we have experienced together into new communities. 
            The writer of Hebrews calls on us in the portion of scripture above to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess… and consider how we might spur one another on toward love and good deeds”. As I reflected on our time together yesterday, I imagined us as a congregation lovingly filling each of our graduates with courage and love.  We poured into them, and each other, a reservoir of God’s love that they can draw on when needed. That process and opportunity didn’t end at 9:55 A.M. yesterday.  Encouragement and love is the business that we are in!  There is a more love and good deeds available for the taking and the giving! 
            Finally, I notice that church attendance was an issue even in the early church.  The writer calls us not to give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.  We need you in our congregation, and you need us! As we emerge from this COVID experience, I believe that we are on the brink of the most exciting period of our 200-year history.  Come and join us friends – you are not going to want to miss this! 
            Come and join us for worship this Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M. for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns.  We are moving our Contemporary Worship to 6:00 P.M. Friday nights for the summer.  It will be a causal dinner service – I will bring a pizza and some drinks – come and give this a try! Both of these services will be available online through Facebook and YouTube. We’ll save you a seat!  Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge

(updated 06-30-21)