Rev. Stew Royce, Senior Minister, Noelridge Christian Church
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Here it is! The newly designed Noelridge News, filled with information about the life of our church. You’ll find lots about the newsletter that is familiar, but we’ve given it a great new look!
The front page will still be a colorful display of pictures showing activities going on at Noelridge. Inside there will be our usual articles, and some new features, including Regional updates and a page for members to share news, too.
At the time this newsletter went to “press,” we had just held our 2015 Forward Meeting. The topic for discussion concerned the importance of Christian education for all members of our congregation. We not only discussed the current concerns of our church, but also began the work of forming a vision for the future. The process of growing spiritually, both individually and as the body of Christ, involves a firm understanding of how we need each other. Jesus told us how we are to work together as His followers when He said in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
For Jesus, our working together is very important to Him. As the poet W.H. Auden once said, “We must love one another or die.”
In thinking about working together as a team, an old parable tells of a noisy carpenter’s shop. In this shop, the tools were arguing among themselves. Brother Hammer was told by his fellow tools to leave because he was too noisy.
To which he replied, “If I am to leave this carpenter’s shop, Brother Gimlet must go too; he is so insignificant, and makes very little impression.”
Little Brother Gimlet arose and said, “All right, but Brother Screw must go also; you have to turn him around and around, again and again, to get him anywhere.”
Brother Screw then said, “If you wish, I will go, but Brother Plane must leave also; all his work is on the surface, there is no depth to it.”
To this, Brother Plane replied, “Well, Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I do, for he is always measuring others as though he were the only one who is right.”
Brother Ruler then complained against Brother Sandpaper and said, “I don’t care, he’s too rough and is always rubbing people the wrong way.”
In the midst of this discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He went to His workbench to make a pulpit from which to preach the gospel. He employed the screw, the gimlet, the sandpaper, the saw, the hammer, the plane, and all the other tools. After the day’s work was over and the pulpit finished, Brother Saw arose and said, “Well, I perceive that all of us are laborers together with God.”
How wonderful that the Lord Jesus uses all of us to accomplish His work. As we remember to appreciate the various gifts God has given to each of us, we’ll then be able to work together.
Life’s greatest reward will be to hear Jesus say: “Well done!”
Blessings, Rev. Stew