Thousands of UVA students, faculty and Charlottesville residence led a candle light march across grounds Wednesday night, Aug. 16, in Charlottesville, Va. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress

Thousands of UVA students, faculty and Charlottesville residence led a candle light march across grounds Wednesday night, Aug. 16, in Charlottesville, Va. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress

Physically we were away in the mountains of Colorado finding rest and rejuvenation.

Emotionally our hearts were as close as our tears over the events and the fallout that continue around Charlottesville. Per the Hebrew scriptures, we should all be mourning with sackcloth and ashes (e.g. Isaiah 15:3); because in God's eyes, it is all a family affair. Ever since Cain murdered Abel (Genesis 4), brother has been killing brother in the global family. In these two weeks back from vacation, I am preaching on aspects of being  family together at various levels and ways. Last Sunday we let Genesis 45:1-15 guide us in a different way conflict and sin between brothers can be handled within a family. You can hear that message HERE

This Sunday, I am asking God to speak to us through the voice of Paul in Romans 12:1-8. There he speaks of the value of diversity in the body of Christ—the Church which is our adopted family. Diversity is seen as a source of strength and unity, not weakness and schism; it is something to be aspired and not abhorred. I feel so blessed for you to be my adopted family of faith and look forward to worshiping the Father of us all this Sunday.

Breathe peace,

 Matt Gaston Lead Pastor

Matt Gaston
Lead Pastor