Final Letter to SPC – Julian Riddle

Dear church,
There are many challenges pastors face, and we so want to thank each and everyone for your love and prayers and gifts and encouragement over these years!  Thank you for the beautiful retirement Sunday and each one who helped organize and serve!!  We look forward to our special trip in July!
Heartfelt thank you for our church members, using your spiritual gifts and talents regularly.  The body needs every member, you all are extremely valuable.  We have appreciated more than you know – your attendance, involvement, giving to others in need, ministering to one another and to us with gentleness and kindness.  You have arranged flowers, poured coffee, played music, taught children, visited the sick, cared for the lonely, and so many, many other things!  Thank you for everyone who has worked on staff and helped in countless ways!
Jesus bled, suffered and died for His church, His bride.  Jesus loves His church more than we could possibly imagine.
We are deeply grateful and humbled that God called us to Surfside PCA to be your pastor for a season!  Thank you for that honor!
To our Lord Jesus Christ.  Only in Him, through Him, by Him, and with Him could we ever have done any good thing!!  We thank God for His presence, for His salvation for many who came to know Him, for stretching us, for forgiving us, for giving us pure pleasure and providing unshakable peace.  Romans 8:28 – All things work together for good of those who love God.  Even roadblocks, afflictions, thorns, walls are all part of the things God uses for our good.  Why?  Romans 8:29 – God has committed to conform those who belong to the image of His Son because He loves His church, and He’s always faithful!

We would like to close with Acts 20:24 – But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  Please keep us in your prayers as we do you!  We may continue to testify to the gospel of His great grace!!We love all of you very much,

Julian and Debbie

 

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