April 2021

Greetings once more in the precious name of Jesus our savior. After last month’s “punny” Pastor’s Ponderings, someone suggested that I stick to my day job. Point taken.
Trying to look ahead is literally an exercise in guessing. A year ago, I thought the China bug would crawl away and we could get back to normal by, what, Summer? Summer maybe, but which year? I’m now hoping for 2021, but I’m not taking any bets on ever seeing nor-mal again. There was an old Greek guy named Heraclitus. He said “You can never dip your foot in the same river twice.” You see, by the time you dip your foot in the Susquehanna the second time, the river has changed. It’s true for Glossbrenner, too. Besides the many physical improvements, the chemistry of worship has changed. Last March we saw close to 140 people live in worship on Sunday mornings. Now, with people in live worship, plus Livestreaming and YouTube, we are reaching more! I averaged the last five weeks and the weekly attendance was at least 168. (I say at least, because for every YouTube hit, there may be two or more people watching.) Our weekly outreach may be over 190! We are blessed to have developed an internet congregation. We take this privilege and responsibility very seriously as we continue to work at improving their experience of worship. If you have been with us this last year, you have seen other changes. I truly wonder if it ever could go back. Society has seen radical changes, too. (Today, I walked into Papas Pizza and I forgot my mask. I felt like a leper with every accusing eye on me. Weird!) If you have been hearing me lately, you know that it is only the beginning of weird. God, family and community are un-der attack and Satan is leading the charge. The wolf always tries to separate people. It makes for easy prey. In the Army, we used to say “Pray for peace but prepare for war.” Spiritual war is coming hard to America and we need to prepare. Read again from Ephesians 6. Start at verse 10. God’s armor is Truth, Righteousness, Preparation of the Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation, the Word of God; all bathed in prayer. Remember who commands us and Rejoice in our Commander always. Again, I say rejoice. There will be hardships and sorrows, but we will also love, laugh and rejoice. We will grow. This life is only a test. Be strong and courageous. The Lord our God is with us wherever we go.
In His service – Pastor Brian