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  • Henry Prater

Doing and Sharing Good

Good afternoon Edgemont Family! I wanted to share a story that happened to me earlier this week. As I was walking on campus on Monday morning, a woman drove up and asked, “Are you Kellie’s husband, the pastor?” Turns out she went to college with Kellie. Her family has been involved with the Riverbend Summer Therapeutic program through her niece, since she was 2 years old. This program has been so helpful to them as the girl has grown up and is now in school. This woman shared that the program has helped her niece to be school ready and they are so grateful for it. She then went on to say, “Thank you so much to your church for being willing to host this program. We need this program and are so thankful you let it happen on your campus.” Church, I want to say thank you for the missional heart you have. When a community organization who has been impacted by the pandemic came to us needing some help, you stepped up to the plate and gave them the space they needed to engage in life-giving work that is helpful to many families from Lauderdale County. At the end of the Book of Hebrews, the author is encouraging his readers to stay the course in worship and good deeds. In Hebrews 13: 15-16 we read, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” We have the chance to worship God when we do good to those who are around us. Edgemont, as we continue on in this season of pandemic, there is still much we can do. We have the opportunity to worship God; communally through our online worship and individually through our own discipleship practices. We also worship as we take the opportunity to do good, see the needs in our community, and take action to help. We do this in ways such as: feeding as the Mobile Food Ministry Team has continued to work tirelessly at, allowing Riverbend to use our campus to minister to the needs of children and youth in our city, calling and writing to our church members to encourage one another, praying for one another, or reading to understand our history as Christians and Americans so that we can improve the future for people of all races and classes. I am so thankful for all of the work each of you are doing in these and so many other ways. Let us continue to worship God as we do good in our community. Pastor Henry

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