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What a summer! Between the long Spring, the flooded fields, the sudden heat of the summer, animal shortages, and illness, we have watched God move in every single moment. God is faithful, and He reminds us of His faithfulness is all things. Since May, on the last Friday of each month, we host a Church Service on the Farm, called (and hopefully its not a surprise to anybody) Church on the Farm.
Church on the Farm is a non-denominational worship service where we fellowship with one another, sing fun church camp songs, roast s’mores, play games, and hear a message of hope in Christ Jesus. While the other aspects of this Farm Ministry are very crucial and wonderful to be a part of, Church on the Farm remains our most favorite part of the ministry.
The theme for each of the messages from Church on the Farm can be summed with Isaiah 41:10. In this passage, God speaks to us and tells us to not fear that He will uphold us and strengthen us. Many of those that have come to Farm Day have testified to God’s faithfulness. Others that have come were enduring tragedy and hardship and needed to hear and be reminded that God upholds us with His righteous right hand. That He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us that we might have life and have it abundantly.
Officially, Church on the Farm runs from May through September. Meaning that this Friday is the last Church on the Farm for the season. I encourage you, come on out for some Merrywhether Farm Fun, food, fellowship, and time with Jesus.
The doors open at 7PM and we hope to see you all you here. On the last Church on the Farm of the season, we will be having a special service with communion. By all means, please come on out for a special night on the Farm.
Our last Farm day was almost three weeks ago. It was a great time! The pictures below are from the August 10th Farm Day. Trinity Lutheran helped us host the day and Outpost Church as well as the Arthur Lesow Community Center were our guests on the Farm. We preached the salvation message, had a great meal, enjoyed the animals, played games, and enjoyed fellowship with one another.
Since Farm day, the truth of God’s word has become even more evident. In the days after Farm Day, I found myself in the hospital with very sudden weakness. After a number of tests (and days), I was diagnosed with viral meningitis. For those that don’t know what that is, it means that I had an infection in my brain and spinal fluid. The effects can be serious and life threatening. While I had a mild case, the illness caused significant and lingering weakness. I am home now resting. The doctors expect me to fully recover, however, the process could take upwards of two or more months. In this time of my weakness, I have been reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. In my weakness, God’s power is made perfect.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)- 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Because of my illness, I have been able to watch as God has moved in the Farm, in our Church, in our volunteers, and in our neighbors. Case in point is our hay situation. God worked through our neighbors to bring in our hay. God added to the hay in the fields to ensure that there will be enough for the winter ahead. On the one day in the year that I needed to be physically able, I could barely walk. So, on that day, God sent 28 people to the Farm. They threw hay, mucked stalls, and generally encouraged us in my illness. Because I was weak, God was able show His love for us in this way.
All we can say is that God is good. Amen.