The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk


 Note from Pastor Paola:

Jesus said to disciples: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  (Matthew 14:22-33)
“If You Want to Walk on Water, You have got to Get Out of the Boat” is the title of a great book by John Ortberg about learning how to move beyond fear to discover God s unique calling for your life. We all suffer from what Ortberg calls boat potatoes syndrome. We may even give up on having the most incredible experience of walking on water rather than leave our comfort zone. So we may just stay put, inside the boat. Each of us have our own reasons: because we don’t like changes, because we like how things were in the past, because we are afraid of failure or of the unknown, because we don’t like to release control. It is fear in all its forms that is holding us back from having the best experience of our life!!
Every day we face the decision between comfort and risk. But I can tell you this much…to be a follower of Jesus involves renouncing comfort as the ultimate value of your life. That is why they call it FAITH.
It is never a perfect time to get out of the boat. We may feel too old or too young, too introverted, not good enough for the task, not strong enough, not healthy enough, we are too busy, we are too tired… and so we choose to stay inside the boat.
Eleven men stayed in the boat, but one, Peter, jumped into the water. He was far from being perfect. He failed many times. He got paralyzed by fear at times. He not always said or did the right thing, but because he had the courage to get out of the boat, he became one of the rocks on which God built his church (Matthew 16:18).
In what ways can you get out of the boat and start walking on water through Salem Church this fall? Maybe inviting friends to worship with you? Maybe serving and teaching children and youth? Maybe reaching out in our community? Singing in the Choir? Joining the Bell Choir? Helping minister to our neighbors at New Perspective? Being an active part of worship? Taking part in a Bible study?  Organizing an intergenerational event? Giving a message in worship? And more…
Let me know how you would like to start walking on water, and if you need ideas I can provide you with some. This fall, let’s make it a “walk on water” kind of season.
In Christ’s Love.
Pastor Paola