Pastor Ed invited the congregation to think about how well the common thought of "the church doors are open--if people want to come, they can come" is working today. He went on to show statistics of our church membership and attendance over the past 10 years; the numbers showed a decline. Pastor Ed reminded us that Jesus is our model for life--and Jesus didn't just sit in Nazareth and wait for people to come to him so that he could teach them God's Word. Instead, Jesus went to the people. Are we also willing to "go to the people" rather than expecting them to show up in our church on Sunday morning? Pastor Ed challenged us to invite people who do not go to church to attend with us. He also challenged us all to attend the upcoming Fruitful Congregations Journey Values Workshop on Feb. 27.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus. Luke 19:1-6