The Apostle Paul said, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.” -Philippians 1:3-7a
Indeed I have cause for a lot of rejoicing:
Praise and Thanksgiving for our Good Physician who grants all healing and renewal.
Praise and Thanksgiving for wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.
Praise and Thanksgiving for life-giving and pain reducing medicine.
Praise and Thanksgiving for a wonderful wife who nursed me back to health.
Praise and Thanksgiving for Pastor Michael Kumm and Janet who tirelessly served this congregation in my stead during my medical leave.
And finally, Praise and Thanksgiving for all of you. Cheryl and I were blessed with kind words, beautiful cards and wonderful meals during my convalescence. So, yes, “it is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.”
lease join us between services for a brief coffee and doughnut fellowship as we thank God for Pastor Kumm and Janet and their service.
Rev. Bryan Drebes is Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha Nebraska
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine Call to be Senior Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in November, 2015.