From The Pastor
As January begins, we have a mission team serving in Uganda. Please be praying for this team as they serve Christ Jesus by serving the people in Nyada. Pray for them as they share the gospel and love people in the name of Jesus.
One of the resources we make available is the worship guide you receive at the door of the Worship Center each week. Over the last several months, the format of our worship guide has changed. The information on the insert changes weekly, but the cover is the same from week to week. While some have decided to only take the insert, there are some reasons why we made the change and why it is important that you receive the entire worship guide every week. First, we all need the information printed in the cover. Every Highland member needs to be reminded regularly of why we exist as a church, what we believe God has given us to do, and the values that drive our ministry. Unless we all have those things committed to memory, we need the weekly reminder. Second, we need our guests to see that information. We want them to know who we are, why we exist, and how they can connect with our church family. Finally, when our guests see our HBC members with the same worship guide in their hands, they understand its importance and are more likely to read it for themselves. If you need one more good reason, we save money because we recycle them. So, please take and read through the entire worship guide each week. Become so familiar with what is inside that you can answer questions for our guests about our church family.
We return to our regular Wednesday night schedule on January 9. If you are not in the mid-week habit, that would be a really good time to start. Highland is alive on Wednesday nights. We worship, pray together, dig deeply into Scripture, and encourage each other in a relaxed atmosphere of fellowship. Check out the Wednesday night schedule and jump in.
A new year can be a time of new beginnings and renewed commitments. It is a great time to begin new habits. Take some time in these first days of a new year and ask the Lord to show you your own heart. Ask Him what needs to change so you can become a more sold out follower of Christ, a more effective disciple-maker, and a more faithful member of His church. Then ask Him to grant you the grace, the wisdom, and the power of His Holy Spirit to become all He wants you to be in 2019.
I am deeply grateful for you and for every expression of love you have shown to me, to my family, and to our staff during the holiday season. You remind us regularly that we are blessed to serve an amazing church family. You are loving and gracious people. I thank the Lord regularly for the opportunity He has given me to be your pastor and to do life with you. I look forward to all that God wants to do with us in the coming year and I am trusting His grace to make it a great year for His glory.