Dr. Bob Logan’s Update 4/26/23
At Pastor Rob’s retirement celebration, it was wonderful to hear from so many people: friends, church family, former staff members. It was especially encouraging to hear from various missionaries who are serving around the world. Their presence truly underscores the impact made by so many people sent out from this church over the years. Community Church Rancho has been, and continues to be, a blessing with impact locally and around the world.
A season of transitions and hope
As we officially enter the transition season in our church, it’s more important than ever that we look to God during this time. We can continue to engage in listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit, discerning what God may be doing, and reflecting the spirit of Jesus in all of our interactions with one another.
The sermon this past Sunday focused on Acts 1, a passage about leadership transition. Just like the early church seeking God, we also can connect with one another with hope and prayer for the future. The application points from that sermon can form a set of themes around which we can structure our prayer and spiritual focus during this season:
- Commit ourselves to prayer – individually and with each other
- Deepen our relationship with God — experience transformation
- Strengthen our communication and connections with each other
- Pursue the mission of Jesus together
New seasons—much like spring itself—can bring with them a sense of hope and new life. Looking back on our past as a congregation, we can also justifiably look forward with hope for what God will do in our future. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:18-20).
That power of God is at work in and through us here at Community. The more we experience the transforming presence of God, the more we will be able to see and cooperate with the great works he is doing. As we’re looking forward, be sure to take time to look up and connect with God.
What You Can Do as Part of Our Transition
Listening sessions begin today, with several already scheduled. We want your voice heard as we listen and seek God’s direction for us as a congregation. If you haven’t already, please sign up here or on the courtyard after Sunday’s service.
Look out also for the State of the Church Address to be given during the sermon on May 7th. This time will be spent reflecting on where we currently find ourselves and the opportunities God has before us.
Also, last call for the love gift for the Ackers. If you want to honor Pastor Rob and Kathleen with a special additional gift as they retire from 40 years at Community, you can do so here, being sure to select “senior pastor honorarium” from the dropdown menu.
Warmly in Christ,