Pray, listen, and share. That's what we did on November 20 at TriMountain in Ridgefield. The golf course fed us breakfast to say thanks for our presence there, and we used the opportunity to pray, listen and share about the future of Messiah's North County location. We heard about parcels and partnerships, financing and full seats. We listened to each other's thoughts and shared our reactions through a Fast Forum. You can find the results of that Fast Forum here:
The process began with prayer and all of it was offered to God through the great prayer of the liturgy.
When God's people gather to discern the future they are called into, we Pray, Listen and Share. We hear the Holy Spirit in prayer and in each other's voices as we share and listen to our mutual hopes and concerns.
The discernment over Messiah's ministry in North County started years ago in response to a growing congregation with limited space, and has been renewed at times of important decisions. It's being renewed now in choices and strategies around a dedicated location for the people of Messiah who worship in Ridgefield. God stirred those first conversations and explorations, has been present in all the hopes and frustrations since, and is clearly and powerfully present now.
None of us know exactly the future God is calling Messiah into, but God knows. God is in that future and preparing the path in ways we see and in ways we don't yet understand. It's natural to be anxious about the unknown. However, we offer our anxiety and uncertainty – and our hopes and dreams – to God. In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, a woman of incredible courage and faith who went to prison for helping Jews in the Netherlands during World War II, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
You are invited to be a part of this unknown and unfolding future, to Pray, Listen and Share. On December 11, Greg Rhodes will host two forums at the Hazel Dell campus similar to the one that happened at the golf course November 20. He will describe the three areas of work that will drive this process forward, present financing information from the Mission Investment Fund, and seek input through a Fast Forum.
The forums will start promptly at 8:30am and 9:45am. There's a great deal of ground to cover, so we need to start on time. Please join us. To find out more, please contact Greg Rhodes, North County Campus Project Manager.