A Pastoral Word
I have been thinking a lot about the remnant-the group of Israelites that returned from exile. They stepped out of the familiar and followed God’s call home once more. I have been thinking about this group because just like this group, we have reached a crossroads in our congregation and we are wondering what the next step is for us as a congregation. We have embraced our mission of WELCOME, but we are still left with a lot of questions. We started a conversation a few years ago about who we are called to be but now the conversation has stalled. And so we find ourselves at a crossroads, wondering what does it mean for us to be Midway Christian Church, wondering what does it mean for us to be people of faith, wondering what does it mean for us to say we serve God and welcome all through: Worship, Education, Love, Community, Open Table, Missions, and Evangelism, wondering what it means for us to live out an authentic faith in a changing, hurting, broken world?
The Good News is that God’s Spirit is stirring us, moving among us, challenging us, and pushing us out of our comfort zones. The Good News is that we are opening ourselves up to God’ call once more to come home, to go out and make disciples, and to live out an authentic faith for a word that is in desperate need for a few simple words: God loves you. God cares about you. God invites you in, just as you are!
At our last elders’ meeting, the elders decided to begin the process of listening to God. The elders will offer opportunities for small groups to come together and begin finding answers to some of the questions that are before us. These small group opportunities will give our members a chance to say where they see Midway Christian Church is today and what we need to do to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and to join in the conversation that is before us.
God’s spirit is moving among us, pushing us, leading us in this discussion, and granting us wisdom and courage for the journey ahead. As we begin this process of listening to God, I leave you with a few words from the prophet Jeremiah:
“Then [the Lord said] I myself will gather the remnant of my flock...and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.”