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Great are Those who Serve
In Matthew 23, Jesus is clear about what constitutes greatness: “The greatest among you will be your servant.” Great are those who serve. Albert Paine, a co-author with Mark Twain, once said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” I believe this also to be true. Serving connects us with the eternal love of God, and it is through our serving that we grow closer to God.
For more than a decade, Sheridan has chosen to have July be an “abiding” month. The goal for us is to encourage each within our community to slow down and connect with God. This is an important discipline. If you’re like me, sometimes we lose our connection to God because we are doing too much! Resting in God’s love is so important. July is the perfect month for the congregation to “abide.” After a month of very busy camps (including VBS, which this year had a record number of volunteers! Woohoo!) and prior to the onslaught of the start of school, taking a break is the right thing to do.
“Serving connects us with the eternal love of God, and it is through our serving that we grow closer to God.”
I ask that you join me in giving thanks for the hundreds of people who give much of themselves in ministry both within Sheridan and beyond the walls of the church. I remain grateful for all that happens in and through our ministry. But also be aware that plans are underway for new projects designed to help our Sheridan community make a greater and more consistent difference in our community.
My hope is that you will “abide” in this month. Please take time to rest with an emphasis on seeking and connecting to God. Take more time in prayer, reflection and devotions. During that process, my hope is that you will reflect on your serving. What is God calling you to do? How can you grow in your serving? Is there a new or greater way that you can make a difference? I remain so grateful for you and how we, together as one community, serve our Lord by serving others. We truly are made great by God’s grace in serving.
by Pastor Greg Bouvier
Pastor Greg heard God’s call to Sheridan in 1999 and that began a journey which has become his life’s work. Having played a variety of roles as pastor of Sheridan, Pastor Greg was called as the Senior Pastor in 2011. He now leads the staff and his primary focus is on the creation of culture, the overall direction of worship and partnering with our amazing team.
Pastor Greg has been married to Rose for more than 30 years and together they have two servant-hearted grown children.