Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



God Gives the Growth

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” – 1 Corinthians 3:6


Dear Friend in Christ,

            It is a beautiful spring day as I write this letter.  The sun is shining bright in a clear blue sky.  The grass is deep green.  Flowers are starting to bloom.  Just outside my church office window there is a crabapple tree in full bloom.  Farmers and gardeners are busy planting their fields and gardens.  After a long winter and a cold early spring, how good it is to finally have warm spring weather and outside plants growing again.

            In order to grow, plants need water, nutrients, light, and warmth.  In order for us to grow in faith we have similar needs.  We need the water of baptism, the nourishment of Holy Communion, the light of the Son of God, and the warmth of God’s love.  In short, we need God.

            Pentecost Sunday will be on May 20th.  On this Sunday we will celebrate how the growth of the church began when the first disciples were filled with God’s Spirit.  Our red church paraments on Pentecost Sunday represent the fire of the Spirit.  But during most of Pentecost season, our paraments will be green.  The reason that they will be green is to remind us of growing plants and that Pentecost season is a time for us to grow in our faith.  We need to be open to God’s Spirit so that we can grow in our faith.  After all, God gives the growth!


In Christ,   Pastor Wayne