Community in Action

It is interesting how sometimes things just dovetail into each other. Some circumstances just seem to point to a pattern which is unexplainable, but seemingly directed from above by the Holy Spirit.

    I mentioned yesterday that it was interesting the title I had chosen for my message over a month ago was “Get Ready.” I knew the scripture but I didn’t know we were going to honor the graduates that particular Sunday. So it just so happened that the day we celebrate high school graduation, after years of preparation towards adulthood, is also the day we talk about getting ready to live out God’s call for all of us.

    This call, as I mentioned yesterday, is found in both Luke 24 and Acts 1. This call is for us to be witnesses to the Good News of our redemption through Jesus. We need to get ready “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”

    Which interestingly leads us to next Sunday when we will celebrate Pentecost, the “birthday” of the church. Pentecost Sunday commemorates when the power of the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples so they could preach the good news to all who were around them in each person’s native language.

    What is also interesting is that we decided just a week ago yesterday to resume our Lenten Study called “The Walk.” This study is based on the book and video hosted by Adam Hamilton which focuses on spiritual practices to help us grow in our faith. The chapter we talked about yesterday was the practice of sharing your faith with others. The need for us to prepare to “get ready” to share our story with others when the opportunity rises.

    Finally, “coincidentally,” today, we are supposed to hear from the governor about guidelines for gathering together in a safe and secure environment so we can celebrate our faith. I don’t know if we will gather together this next Sunday or not, but surely we will begin our preparations for that, we will “get ready.”

    It has been a long haul, but as many of you have seen or posted yourself on Facebook that the church has never closed. “The Church does not require a building in order to be the Church. What is required is love, compassion, and the presence of God.”

    So as we "get ready" to gather together let us prepare to be the witnesses God calls us to be, a witness of a church which loves, shows compassion, and acknowledges the presence of God.

    Getting ready with you,

    Pastor Randy

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