Hello WCC family,
If you will, please allow me to take a couple of minutes of your time. I would really appreciate it.
First, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being the kind of church that welcomes all people in to God’s gracious hospitality. Yesterday, we had many visit the worship gathering despite having so many of us out of town due with Spring Break. No doubt they came for a variety of reasons. Among them were families who have experienced hurt from God’s people in personal ways. For the first time some of them found the courage to gather with a church and for whatever reason, they chose us. Our hope is that we made them feel welcomed and that God’s Spirit spoke to them in powerful ways.
It reminds me of what Lindsay shared on Facebook yesterday. You may remember that she was recently baptized into Christ and is a new member of our church family. She posted, This Easter, I’m grateful to have found a church that lives out the fact that Jesus’ death and resurrection was for everyone, hard stop. No church is perfect, ours included, but I’m thankful to be a small part of one that errs on the side of acknowledging the inherent, God-given worth and equality of all.”
She is right. Christ is for everyone because there is inherent, God-given worth in all and requires that the same equality shared by the triune God as Father, Son and Spirit be reflected in His people. She is also right when she says we are not perfect. We are far from it, yet God in His grace continues to make Himself known to us, among us and through us. I praise the Lord that we are learning what it means to be faithful in our love for Him and others. Thank you for your willingness to submit to the Lordship of Jesus. You are a beautiful light, WCC. May we press on.
Finally, I want to share that in three weeks we’ll begin a new and exciting conversation on Sundays. It will be quite a change from what we’ve discussed the past three years. During that time most of our Sunday gatherings have led us to re-examine our allegiances and lay down idols so we can pick up the life God offers to us as citizens of His Kingdom. We have set our eyes outward toward joining God in His work of extending His gracious hospitality to others, especially the least, last, left-out and lonely. Now I think it’s time we take a different turn and enter into a new season of approaching life with Christ from a different perspective. Rather than taking such a long look outward–we will still be postured toward an outward view, of course–this series will invite us to take a longer look inward as God’s beloved children. I believe we will be drawn into a deeper reliance on the Spirit of Christ who by God’s grace can liberate each one of us into a life of joy and peace. I hope it will be a breath of fresh air and breathe new life into our church family and city. I am looking forward to it!
Have a grace-filled week. Lord willing, we’ll see you when we get back from San Francisco!