Thank You, Pastor Jim, for 30 Years of Ministry...
"Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Ps. 30:4-5). "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Eph. 1:3).
How often have you quoted these scriptures to us, your congregation and friends? Too many to count. For us you have been a beacon of truth, constantly reminding us of the ultimate Truth of Jesus, found in the Word of God, and in our everyday lives putting God's truth into practice.
So today we want to thank you for:
Validating the truth of Jesus
Your love for music and worship, praising the Lord for all He's done
Showing us what it means to be truly successful and helping us grow
Teaching us about discipline, hope, courage, responsibility, and more
Inspiring us to set high standards, believing in our abilities, and Christ's excellency
Your time -- you are never too busy for us
Your faith, your patience, your forgiveness when needed, and your love
The laughter and good times, and sharing your dreams
Your prayers and the words you have spoken to Him on our behalf
Celebrating life and family and friendship
Your encouragement and trust, enthusiasm and upbeat attitude
Setting the example in some of life's most difficult moments
Your leadership and wisdom
Showing us the Kingdom of God and His eternal joy
And so......we thank you. For 30 years of gospel ministry. For answering the call of God.
"I thank you my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:3-6).