As I was thinking about what to share in this newsletter article, I looked back on what I shared in my last year’s Oc- tober newsletter article. In last year’s article I talked about running in the 5K Race at the Moravian Festival, and how one of the things that struck me was the announcer at the finish line calling everyone’s name with people cheering as they made it to the finish line. I used that experience to share how I hope to hear the Lord say “Doug Rights is coming to the finish line” when I get to the end of my life on earth and enter into the everlasting joy of God’s heavenly kingdom.
I ran in this year’s 5K Moravian Festival Race. I was a little more prepared this year as I had been on the roads running weeks before the event. On the day of the race the weather was cloudy and cool which made it a great morning to run. During the run I ran by some of our own Olivet volunteers monitoring the course, such as Angela Golden and Bill and Marilyn Mankins, who shouted words of encouragement. And then after running a little over three miles, I came to the finish line. There was the crowd. There was the announcer. I could hear him saying the names of the runners who were ahead of me. I eagerly awaited him to call my name. Just as I was about to the finish line with my eyes fixed on the finish line and my ears tuned to the announcer’s microphone, I heard him say, “Mary Rights is crossing the finish line!” Mary Rights? That’s my sister-in-law and she was nowhere near the finish line. I couldn’t believe it! They didn’t even get my name right!
Now, I was certainly okay with that. Getting a name wrong in a 5K Race is no big deal. People make mistakes. But as I think about our greater race in life and the great finish for those who put their trust in the Lord, I am sure the Lord will make no mistake when it comes to calling people’s names. God is a personal God. God knows you better than you know yourself. God sees everything you do. God will judge whether you get to cross the finish line of heaven or the finish line of hell. If you have made good and right choices when it comes to God, there will be no mistake as you hear your name to cross the line into heaven.
Run the race God has for you! Trust God with your life! Do God’s will! And when you pass on into eternity, listen for God to say your name!
In Christ’s love and service,
Olivet offers a traditional Moravian style service on Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM. Using hymns and liturgies from the Moravian Book of Worship the worshiper is led to a point when the children have a special time with the pastor and then a Gospel Sermon is preached by the Pastor or the Pastoral Assistant.
Communion is offered some eight times during the year, and all professing Christians are welcome to participate.
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