Probably getting the chance to thank my grandmother for the many years she took me to FL!P (Faith Life In Progress) at Messiah as a child before she passed away. She made a huge difference in my life and I am so thankful for the way she lived out her faith in an exemplary way. That moment with her was very special and I am thankful we both were given the strength and grace to have that conversation.
Writing in October of 2019, I’ll futureproof my answer and say: My honeymoon in Disneyworld that will take place in February 2020!
Teleportation. Transportation takes time and money, both of which I have better uses for!
Dedicate a solo piano piece to the veterans in the room during a concert, only to turn the page and find that the next two pages were missing from my book. I don’t know how well I covered it up, but I cringed as I attempted (and pretty much failed) to make up an ending to the piece.
Jesus came to tear down the dividing walls of this world and restore humanity through life-giving community. In all of history, especially with our advancements and technological ability, we have never been more connected than we are now and yet, studies show that we are more isolated from each other than ever before. This is not how we are designed or called to live. As more and more people struggle with depression and anxiety, even to the point of questioning their own worth, the world is in desperate need of community. The church community is the largest community on earth, and our God is one that heals, saves, redeems, restores, rebuilds, rewards, and loves all. There is that of God in each one of us, we are made in God’s image. We must connect with the Christ in those around us to fully engage our faith. A faith without true community feeds only into itself and yearns to freely give and receive.
From the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, which means ‘anointed’, this church has a name which points to much more than Jesus, himself. We are the anointed ones. This church is anointed, called, ordained, and claimed to do God’s work: to be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth – today, here, and now. We are the body in motion. Here, young and old come together to live out our calling: to be fully alive in Christ, boldly serving our broader community here in Hazel Dell, spreading life and radical love to all our neighbors. John 14 says “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these” Messiah is a community that knows of God’s grace, and thereby assuredly loves and serves all without fear or concern. The missions and ministries of Messiah put faith into action. In short, Messiah is the place to be because at Messiah Lutheran, we are set free by God’s grace to carry out God’s vision for humanity: to be fully alive and awake in Christ and in relationship with one another, and fully committed to building up God’s kingdom. This is Messiah’s name, this is what Messiah has done, and I can’t wait to see what Messiah (and every person here) will continue to do.