From the Pastor
Grace and peace to you in Jesus’ name!
Many of us spend the first days and weeks of the new year wondering if we can make the new year better than the last. We reflect on the challenges we have faced, our victories and often on those things that have caused us pain and grief. Often we hold on to those issues the longest – rather than giving them over to the One who can help us to let go, to forgive, to move forward.
A new year gives us another opportunity to try again…to make plans…to seek balance…to be intentional…in our personal lives, our professional lives, our families and in our community of faith. Throughout the last year the leadership has struggled to define our essence in just a few words. How can we use language and images to reflect the people we want to be (if we are not already)? Three simple words will guide us:
How do you define yourself in relation to God as you love? As you pray? As you serve? How do we define our congregation and church in this community using these words? What images are you thinking about? A beating heart? Praying Hands? Hands serving a hot meal to the homeless? Are we thinking in terms of Scripture? “Love God…love your neighbor…” “Pray without ceasing…” “When Lord, did we see you, care for you, serve you?”
Words can define us. Actions even more so. If we are a loving, praying, serving church, we will impact everyone we meet: our neighbors in Glyndon, our community connections beyond these few blocks, our metropolitan cities, everyone affected by disaster locally and around the world.
Love.Pray.Serve. Can three simple words address the challenges we are facing, encourage us to be faithful and to face the future unafraid? Can three simple words provide a springboard for new ways to care for one another, to welcome one another, to minister to one another (and beyond?)
Will three simple words guide us into the future? A bright and healthy future?
Three simple words held before God as a gift to share with our community of faith can change everything…are you ready for the challenge that is ahead of us? Consider using these three words every day as part of your quiet time with God and let God speak to you in new ways…be open to the Spirit’s leading…God is waiting for us to take the next step…unafraid…are you ready?