I want to say thank you to all the people who worked so hard to get the parsonage ready for my family and I. We feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful home, and we’re already very happy to have been called to serve here at Zion Lutheran Church and looking forward to what God has in store for us in the following years. I’ve already gotten to meet many of the church members, and I appreciate everyone understanding that while most of you have my name memorized already, it’ll take me some time to get the right name with everyone else’s face.
I’m sure the many pastors who have preceded me have all served you well by proclaiming the Word of God, and they have also each had unique gifts and passions when they’ve served you. As a young father I’m very passionate about helping young families understand the blessings which come in regularly hearing God’s Word both in church on Sunday morning, as well as studying God’s Word as a family in their own homes. The best way we can work to support young families, especially those with young children, is to shower love abundantly upon them when they’re in church. We’ve already taken our first step by saying aloud during the worship service that when we hear the sounds of children in the church we say “Praise be to God! There are children in the church!” Take this one step further by saying it outside of the church as well. If you’re at someone’s house and there are noisy children in the room, tell them about your new pastor. Say to them “Pastor Kyle would love these kids in church. He loves to hear noisy kids during worship so much, he even has the whole church say so!”
We must cherish the sounds of children in church because it reminds us of the faith we need to have as Jesus said when putting a child in the midst of the disciples, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” See you at church, Pastor Kyle McBee