REV. Zachery Sarrault, Associate PASTOR

 

 

 

 

 


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Pastor’s Corner for June 16-22, 2024

Our Gardener God
(Mark 4:26-34)

Our family loves gardening and what I love most is the surprise of it. You put something so small into the ground and then with care and patience and more than a little bit of love from our Creator God, it grows into something incredible. It might be a beautiful flower that brings some color into the yard throughout the summertime, or it might be a yummy fruit or vegetable to bring color to the dining room table. The garden is where the Sarrault’s learn together, fail together, and grow together as a family. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also a great picture of God’s church.

Jesus Himself says the kingdom of God “is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground is the smallest of all the seeds of the earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade” (vv. 31-32). That’s a perfect illustration for the kingdom of God! The kingdom of God, eternal life, has been planted in our hearts right now and we will see it grow into something huge and beautiful on the Last day. As we wait for that Last Day, the kingdom of God can look like a little mustard seed.

When you plant a seed in the garden, nothing looks weaker. Every time I take a little seed, push it just a quarter inch deep into the ground, sweep a handful of dirt over it and sprinkle it with water, I can’t help but wonder how this little seed will grow to be something beautiful. Yet it does because that’s what it’s supposed to do. It’s the same thing with the church. God continually plants seeds, seeds of His kingdom, and then they grow against all odds. No matter what Satan tries to do to tear up the kingdom of God it will endure, because it is God’s kingdom, His church, and it is promised to be eternal.

What I love most about this picture of the kingdom of God as a seed is who the gardener is. God is the Gardener and the picture we are shown doesn’t flatter Him much as a gardener. In fact, we see Him throwing seeds willy-nilly all over the place. Any gardener knows that’s not a very efficient way to garden, but that’s how God gardens. All over His creation He throws the seeds of His kingdom and that’s work you and I are called to. We are called to garden in the same way God does, throwing seeds willy-nilly and trusting that our Gardener God will do the hard work of causing those seeds to grow.

So happy gardening this week! Throw seeds of faith everywhere you go and pray to the Gardener to water and shine upon the seeds that are sown.


Your gardening brother in Christ,
Pastor Zach Sarrault

 

 



Ordination and Installation of Pastor Zachery Sarrault (July 18, 2021):

Sunday was a great day at RLC! We celebrated the Ordination and Installation of our new Associate Pastor Zachery Sarrault. It was a beautiful service with a heartfelt sermon by his father, Pastor Joel Sarrault. Congratulations and welcome, Pastor Zach! Thank you to all who participated in this special day.


Pastor Sarrault Ordination and Installation

 

 

Pastor Zachery Sarrault Ordination and Installation Bulletin

 


From Pastor Zach (July 16, 2021):

Hey Resurrection Family!

Kelsey and I are finally here! We have finished up at St. Louis, seen family in Michigan, and moved into our new home. After all of that traveling and living out of suitcases, we couldn’t be happier to finally be back to something comfortable. Comfort is always something nice to hold on to. All of us have something that makes us comfortable, whether it be a family member or friend, a good book or fishing pole, a quilting machine or a wood shed, we all have our go-to comfort places. This is part of being human! We love comfort!

The thing with comfort is that sometimes we get too comfortable. We can settle in and tell ourselves that we never wish to see any change. “Life would be perfect if I could just stay in my recliner with Tom Sawyer all day.” Or whatever your comfort may be. Sadly, we know that this isn’t how life works. No matter how much we enjoy our comforts, ‘real life’ happens and it disrupts those little joys. But, is it ‘real life’ or is it God, calling us into His mission to do more than just the comfortable?

Jesus never led a life of comfort. From the manger to the cross and even the empty tomb, Jesus’ life was one of challenge and the uncomfortable. When one of the scribes declared that he would follow Jesus, all Jesus had to say was, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). Kind of an odd response, one that rightly scared away the scribe. Probably would have scared me too!

So, what does this mean for us? Are we supposed to throw away all of our earthly comforts and live lives of asceticism? Not at all! But we are called to know where these comforts come from and who our ultimate comfort is. In all things, comfort or challenge, our Lord and Savior stands before us, behind us, and beside us. As Jesus prepared His disciples for life after His death and resurrection, Jesus told His followers, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

There is our ultimate comfort! Not in our little hide-a-ways or indulgences, but in the One who has overcome all sin and who has promised us peace. Our comfort is in the faith that we have through Christ’s death and resurrection. Our comfort is in the kingdom of God that has already been given to us! That is a comfort that is never changing and never ending. No matter what God has in store the Sarraults in North Carolina, we know that the comfort of our Lord will always prevail!

In the comfortable and the uncomfortable, but always in Christ,
Pastor Zach Sarrault

 

From Pastor Jonathan (July 15, 2021):

There's a new face at Resurrection! Seminarian Zach Sarrault and wife Kelsey made it down to Cary last Monday, and soon-to-be "Pastor Zach" is already taking part in leadership team activities here at RLC. He will serve as Associate Pastor at Resurrection... meaning he will be working full-time in all aspects of ministry: preaching and teaching, visiting the homebound, discipling others, showing up at youth events, leading school and preschool chapel services, making friends in his neighborhood, evangelizing... and doing it all as one who is privileged to be an Under-Shepherd of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We are very blessed to have him and Kelsey in our midst!

Though the Sarraults hail from Michigan they know a little bit about our area already since Zach served as Vicar at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest from 2019 to 2020. At church you can find Pastor Zach in the Associate Pastor's office, next door to the main office on the left side. I look forward to working with Pastor Zach and seeing him welcomed as warmly by all of you as Juli and I were not so long ago! May God bless and further your ministry among us, Pastor!