Farewell to Ian

This week, our Worship Pastor, Ian Nagata, will be leaving us to begin his adventure in Japan as one called by God to share the gospel to the people of Japan. His ordination and commissioning service was a wonderfully bittersweet time.

We say our last farewells on Wednesday, but will continue to stay connected with Ian. How do we stay connected? In this day and age of incredibly sophisticated telecommunications, we have telephones, Skype, instant messaging and things soon to be developed and introduced.

In the midst of the modernization of communication, there is a simple way of staying connected that the Apostle Paul used to stay connected with the church at Philippi while he was imprisoned for sharing his faith.

He wrote in Philippians 1:3-4, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all…” Paul used prayer to stay connected.

Later, in verses 9-11, he wrote that he prayed that the church in Philippi would grow in love, knowledge and discernment. He prayed that they would continue to remain faithful in their walk. And he prayed that they would always bring glory to God. This kept his heart in touch with his friends in distant Philippi.

Do you have a loved one from whom you are parted? Thank God for contemporary telecommunication. But know that when you don’t have access to a phone or a computer, you always have access to God through prayer. It’s a way to stay connected to your loved one and, perhaps, even more importantly; it is a way to stay connected to God.

Something to think about…