“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.”
- Benjamin Elijah Mays
Today marks the first of many Sunday’s that we will share as Pastor and Congregation. Brandi, Camille, and I are extremely excited about what the future holds for us and for the parishioners of the First Baptist Church of Wayne, PA. It is by providential arrangement that God has sovereignly connected us as church and community. It is a privilege and honor to serve as pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Wayne, PA. This is momentous occasion in the life of our church and in my own pastoral sojourn. It is with utmost gratitude that I say, Thank You.
The sermonic series that launches on the Lord’s Day is entitled “Great Expectations”. The Book of Nehemiah will be the homiletical focus in which the preaching event will center on. The narrative of Nehemiah is one of the most profound stories throughout Holy Writ. Nehemiah is an average man but he is endowed with a particular and peculiar characteristic. He has “Great Expectations”! His faith in God empowers him to engage in the religious, economic, political, and cultural aspects of society. He was committed to the rebuilding his community and of his people.
It is my prayer for the First Baptist Church of Wayne, PA that we would embrace and cultivate the spirit of Nehemiah where we become a church of “Great Expectations” that is committed to Spiritual Empowerment and Social Transformation that is founded upon our Lord and Liberator Jesus.
Rev. Rashad D. Grove