Guest Columnist: Give It to God

A little girl attended a prayer service with her mother. She sat on the back pew while her mom and a few others knelt at the altar to pray. She listened closely while the adults cried out to God, some weeping. Finally, she could sit still no longer. She stood on the pew, looked up into heaven, and cried, “Dear God! A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Amen!” Then she sat down. Her mother, a bit embarrassed, asked her, “Honey, why did you say that?” The little girl responded, “Because you were all praying such beautiful prayers, and I wanted to talk to God. I didn’t know the words, so I thought if I gave God the letters, he could make the words come out right.” That little girl didn’t know the words, but she understood a profound truth – when we give it to God, he makes it come out right.

So many times in life, we are faced with challenges. There’s something before us that we do not feel equipped to handle or to undertake. Yet, something about it makes us want to dive right in…to be part of the action…to not be left behind. In those moments, we can trust that God can take what we have, even if it’s just letters, and use it for the glory of God.

Other times, we find ourselves stagnant. We know our letters but we still don’t have the words. This is when God pushes us to grow…to move to another level. Maybe it’s time to join a new ministry and utilize our gifts in new ways. Or, we finally decide to delve into God’s Word and make Bible Study a priority. We may even respond to God’s call to break out of our comfort zone. If we’ve become complacent in our giving, we decide to trust God with our resources and commit to tithing. If inviting people to church doesn’t come naturally, we decide to become an evangelist, whether we’re comfortable or not.

The Lord gave our Pastor, Rev. Paul, a theme: “A New Way for a New Day.” That’s not only true for Mt. Zion as a gathered community, but it also resounds as a call for all of us to go deeper and move higher in this season. Whatever it may be, we may not have all that we think we need…money…time… experience…talent…but this much we know…when we give it to God, God will make it right.

In faith,

Min. Cheryl A. Lindsay

From Our Pastor: The Joy of Celebration

We are blessed to be in an exciting season in the life of our church. We are in the second half of our year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of this body of believers. We are in an active and exciting phase of our Capital Campaign. Our parking lot upgrade is underway and nearly complete. We are in the process of preparing for the renovation of our Fellowship House, which will include the installation of an elevator which will make all of our usable space accessible. We just completed an extremely successful revival that traced our history from our beginning at Shiloh Baptist Church and setting out on faith with the assistance of Plymouth Church.

The summer has also been filled with other joyful celebrations like the Shiloh Family Reunion Picnic, Mt. Zion’s Church Picnic, the HBCU Sunday, attended by the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association and their Constituent units, and the A Capella Camp presented by Reginald Bowens of Afro Blue.

As we move forward in this summer season, we look forward to our Salute to Veterans: Community Festival and Classic Car Show. Much work has gone into the planning and there is still much to do. We look forward to seeing all of our members present at the Community Festival to help make it one of the best ever.

It is truly a joy to see what God has done and what God is doing with, in and through Mt. Zion. I look forward with great anticipation to what lies ahead, for God never fails to surprise us with the awesomeness of God’s blessings. Let us work together to continue to be the church that God needs in this present age.

In celebration,

Rev. Paul

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