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Rev. Jefferson Niles
From the Pastor
I greet you warmly in the blessed name of Jesus Christ our Savior and invite you to enjoy this fall issue of the newsletter.
The changing colors of the leaves of the trees during this season, part of God’s handiwork, is a beautiful sight to behold. Like the Psalmist we can declare, “O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions” (Psalm 104: 24).
As this is the month before the November 3rd elections I want to take this opportunity to encourage all who are eligible to vote to do so. Voting is a privilege we have as those who belong to a democracy and we should not fail to exercise this right.
The church and Christians have a sacred obligation to pray that the elections will be free and fair and free from fear. As the followers of Christ, we can commit to praying this month for the candidates and their campaigns, election officials, and all who are involved in protecting the integrity of the process. We should also pray for discernment as we prepare to vote. Pray also that everyone will respect the outcome of the elections and support those who will be elected. Most of all let us pray for unity, the restoration of civility and trust, and healing from the pandemic.
Finally, I’d like to express my profound appreciation to my son, Japheth, for his music ministry in this congregation especially over the last six months as we held worship fully virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic and when we moved to the hybrid approach of in-person and virtual. Japheth served well as our in-person musician and in what he has been doing behind the scenes producing videos of hymns for worship as well as our Midweek Reflections. We wish him success as he takes up his new responsibility as a musician at another congregation. We will miss having him as our in-person musician but look forward to the service he will continue to provide when possible even if remotely.
God bless you richly,
Jefferson C. Niles, EdD, MAE, BA