Old Brick Reformed Church, Organized 1699

490 Route 520 • P.O. Box 153 • Marlboro, NJ 07746

Office Phone: (732) 946-8860 • Office Fax: (732) 946-9254

Secretary's Email: secretary@oldbrickchurch.orgInfo

Sunday Worship: 9:30AM

Message from the Pastor's Desk

Phoebe, Epenetus, Andronicus, Junias, Ampliatus, Urbanus, Apelles, Aristobulus, and others. Do you have any idea who these people are? It's possible, at least for a few of you, one or two of these names may sound a bit familiar but, as far as the others are concerned, you're probably scratching your head wondering who they are. Who are they and where did I come up with their names? Well, the truth is I didn't come up with them at all. Their names are found in the 16th chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans. Why not take a moment and read the chapter.

O.K. now, have you finished? Did reading the chapter help you to understand who these people are? Probably not! While Paul provides us with a few bits of information about these people, his tiny bits of information really doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the people he mentions here. And yet, Paul held them in such high esteem he concludes his letter mentioning each of their names. Will we ever know any more about them than what Paul includes here? No. Will we ever know the important ministries each of them performed? Probably not. Nonetheless, one thing we do know is that each of them played such a significant role in the life of the church Paul felt compelled to introduce them to his readers.

That fact got me thinking. I was being somewhat reflective the other day as Janet and I were engaged in conversation about something and I was reminded of a speech teacher I had in my freshman year of High School. She was a great teacher whose skills in developing the art of public speaking in her students laid a foundation in my life that helped develop my skills in public speaking. Her life impacted mine and, indirectly I trust, you are benefiting from the skills she imparted to me too. And yet, if I mentioned her name to you, without having told you what I have just told you about her, her name would be meaningless to you and you'd probably never pay it any mind again.

This same principle applies in the life of the Church. While we shall never know much more about them than what Paul tells us there, the people he mentions all played a significant role in ministry helping the Church to grow. And, the same can be said for each local congregation too. Down through the centuries people have passed through the doors of Old Brick Church, many whom we shall never know yet each one assisted the do not know them, we remain ever indebted to them all. Therefore, while we do not know them, let us always remain ever grateful to them for their faithful service to Christ and to Old Brick Reformed Church that continues to bless us in so many ways. Romans 16:25-27: "Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ... to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen."

Yours in Christ,

Pastor George Kaden

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