God’s Love in Action: Past, Present, and Future
We are God’s love in action. God’s love is living here, in us right now. As I reflect on our ministries of compassion and justice, our worship and our small groups, all we do for children and youth, it is evident how God’s love moves through us and changes lives. God invites us to a relationship where we can know the love that does amazing things in our lives: helps us to see what matters, turns us around, inspires our service. God heals the hurts we carry and can forgive the guilt that consumes us. God impels us to do life-changing work in the world around us. This has been true since our founding: we are a church where God’s love can be met, experienced first-hand and shared. Sunday we read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Jesus speaks of a farmer who scatters seeds on many types of ground. Some seed is eaten by birds, some grow in rocky soil but soon withers. Some seed is strangled by weeds. Some seed yields a great harvest. Like most of Jesus’ parables, this one asks questions of us. Are we good soil? What is God growing in you right now? Can we be patient enough when it takes longer for the seed to grow in us or in someone we care about?
Our future will be about sharing God’s love. I want us to be a church that sows seeds in ways that bring a great harvest to God. I want us to have a future that will take the risk of sharing God’s love in new ways, with new people, being generous in the ways we spread love around us. Sunday we worship God who is always growing something inside of us. Come and find out what God is growing in you!
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