When we refer to something that is “ours” alone we usually use the terms “my” or “mine”. As in “that car is mine”, “they are my kids”, “get off my lawn” and “that is my favorite ______”. God’s church is a gift that is uniquely “ours”.
As your pastor I want this to be your church. This should be a gathering where you experience growth, community, and blessing. My hope is that your spiritual needs are met amongst this body of believers in Jesus Christ.
When we look outside our own wants and desires we see the vision for this fellowship more clearly. The person at the end of your pew or next to your name in the directory has struggles and needs too. Jesus encourages us to put others’ needs above our own. Shifting our attention off of ourselves means that there is now a new center of gravity to our universe. Existence does not revolve around us anymore. Our perspective expands and we see ourselves as part of something bigger and better.
In our study of the Holy Spirit in recent weeks we may have noticed that the Holy Spirit was not sent to do all the work of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of God’s grace, you and I are invited to play our part. We will never find a better ally, companion, or friend. The Holy Spirit and YOU is a unique force only rivaled by the Holy Spirit and US in the advancement of God’s kingdom on this earth.
There are many to learn from here at SCBC. I witness the genuine care that folks have for one another. These same individuals have their own struggles! At some point they have stopped being consumers of ministry and have decided to be ministers themselves! Does this describe you?
One person was not given the responsibility of bringing the life-saving message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are all to share in this charge together. Administering God’s love and care is also our responsibility. We are called “co-heirs with Christ” in the kingdom that is here now and yet to come. Let us be co-laborers as well as co-owners of our responsibilities to one another in the meantime.
Hello SCBC Family!
I talked to many of you after church about my debut album and a great many asked for information so here it is!
If you are able to pre-order your album and spread the word, the first 48 hours are crucial for ranking and exposure on kickstarter's main page so would love you to consider doing so early on!
DIRECT LINK http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/estabrooks/jonathan-estabrooks-debut-classical-crossover-albu
JONATHAN ESTABROOKS' DEBUT ALBUM
CROWDFUNDING A DREAM.
Photo Credit: Shannon McCookI am so excited about this crossover record and hope you'll join the team! This 12-track album will including originals and covers of classical pop, folk and classical songs (John Denver, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Gardel, Telson, Sondheim and others). We are excited for these songs to come alive through the richness of sound that only a full orchestra can achieve.'
'To bring this professional quality album to life takes time, talent and funding. I can't do it alone and that's why I'm turning to you through Kickstarter. As a team we are looking to raise $25,000 to $30,000 to cover the cost of hiring a team of 50+ musicians, engineers and producers as well as CD production and promotion.'
We will be working with the Bratislava Radio Orchestra, top Juilliard Jazz musicians, Producer/Arranger Oran Eldor (John Legend/Julie Andrews), Mastering artists (Josh Groban/Michael Buble), and musical collaborations with Jonathan Antoine (Youtube Sensation/Britain's Got Talent/SYCO Label) and Jennifer Thomas (Award-winning classical-crossover pianist and composer).