Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This weekend is Labor Day weekend. That means, for most people, that school has started and there is a Holiday on Monday. The reality is that Labor Day began over 120 years ago with the intention of showing the strength and spirit of labor organizations (first in New York City, and after a few years, federally). The nation usually just takes a day off for a holiday these days, but the holiday is celebrating the American worker and what they have contributed to the growth and development of the country.
Labor Day is not a Christian holiday particularly, but God, in his Word, the Bible, does affirm that work and labor is good. God gave Adam roles and responsibilities prior to sin. Work is God’s idea and is a good thing. For example, work provides us with a sense of purpose. When we do work that helps others, or advances knowledge, or solves a problem – we are working to make our world a better place. And while this purpose is helpful, Christians have a more foundational purpose in our work. “Whatever we do, we do it with all our heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (paraphrase of Colossians 3:23). Our work is invested with special purpose, because we are working for the Lord, in whatever field of work to which God has called us.
Work is also good because it is an outgrowth of calling. Our calling is not reduced to be merely work. That idea is what undergirds the naming of technical school to be vocational schools. Vocation has the same root as the word calling. But work and calling are not synonyms. Our work is good, yes; but it is good because of the One who calls us to it. We do our work in, through, and for him.
Work also has value not merely because God gave it as a gift, or that it is an outgrowth of calling, but because it provides us with agency. Having a job reveals the truth that each of us has something to contribute. Each of us who works has a role to play. Each of us who works can contribute to our family’s financial needs. Each of us who works provide added value to whatever system or organization or company in which we work. This last point leads us back to some of what the original purpose of Labor Day is.
So this weekend, consider the work that you have done, and rejoice! Rejoice that God has given you the opportunity to work. Rejoice that God has given you the ability to work. Rejoice that God has given you the responsibility to do the good work to which he has called you. Rejoice that God himself is always at work (cf. John 5:17). And rejoice in the rest that we can enjoy due to the Holiday we call Labor Day.
Please continue to pray for the nation of Ukraine. Here is a suggested list of prayers if you are at a loss for words in how to pray: https://send.org/story/hh_pray_for_ukraine. Thank you for kneeling on behalf of the people of Ukraine and Russia, and taking a stand (or a knee in prayer) against the forces of darkness in this present age.
This Week (Sept. 2 – Sept. 8, 2022):
1. Tomorrow, Sept. 2, 2022, Friday Night Bible Study is canceled due to the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy the time of rest and spend time resting in the Lord, even as we take time this weekend to rest from our Labors.
2. CrossPoint Community Sunday School is taking a break for the holiday weekend, and YAs (Young Adults) Sunday School is still meeting.
a. The Young Adults will be meeting at 9:45 am (in-person in Room A-202)! Info is found on the YAs Messenger Chat Channel or the Empower Messenger chat.
3. This Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, at 11:25 am, Pastor Nathan Willems will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL! You can also watch the live stream if you wish.
a. Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
b. Title: A Call to Focus and Discernment
c. Note: We will celebrate the Eucharist (Communion)
d. Live stream via Youtube: https://www.cbcgl.org/live-stream/
4. Each Wednesday, for example, this coming Sept. 7, 2022, at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We’ll spend time praying for Taiwan and Ukraine as well as praying for CrossPoint Community. The link is found below in the section on prayer.
Administration / Events
1. CBCGL’s COVID-19 guidance has been updated. We still are following CDC guidance for travel and participation in activities following travel or exposure to a positive case. We are no longer requiring new guests to complete the waiver form.
a. Also, the taskforce has notified all ministries that we will no longer be taking temperatures but are once again recommending face masks. Please note, you are once again recommended to wear facemasks to church.
2. Lunch service on Sundays is suspended for the summer at CBCGL. See you on September 11, when lunch prices will be $5 per lunchbox!
3. We have a missions update! This week, we have an update from the Cheng Family, who serve in Japan, and are working at language acquisition so they can help plant churches with indigenous leaders. Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through these reports and learn how you can support our missionaries.
4. All other announcements can be found here (in our CrossPoint Community bulletin).
1. Our time in prayer shows what we think about God! Do you see your need of Him? Or are you trying to live this life without / apart from Him? Please join our Wednesday night prayer meeting (7:45 – 9:15 pm) even if you can’t participate the whole time.
Meeting ID: 758 587 937
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. Here is our list of prayer and service requests. The service request tab is for brothers and sisters to ask for assistance or announce any give-away items. It is an attempt from CPC to reach out and take care of those in need among us. You may also enter yours via the provided link:
You can also do so via the following link: https://www.cbcgl.org/pray/
In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Rev. Dr. Nathan Willems
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL