Being a visible presence in our community and city is at the heart of our mission of “Building an inclusive community of grace first in this community and then beyond.” This presence is one that shines as a beacon of hope for all people because it is the presence of Christ that radiates outward to the community as you express loving kindness in words and through actions. Individuals all around us are weary and are struggling to find meaning and purpose in life, especially during this pandemic. The opportunity and duty before us is to live out our calling by being the presence of Christ. It is not an impossible task. It is simply living our lives and making ourselves available to the Spirit of Christ, sensing and responding to the nudges and directions we receive to lovingly speak and act toward others with kindness. Through our prayers, words of encouragement, and actions that demonstrate the love of Christ, God touches, redeems and restores lives. What a wonderful opportunity it is to bear the hope of Christ to others.
This week, the Wednesday evening prayer and Bible Study and our worship on Sunday will address this topic through Jesus’ response to the question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” This question is in Matthew 22:34-46, one of our texts for this week. I look forward to our times together in the Zoom meeting and through the livestream broadcast. In the meantime, pray for and encourage one another so that we may be a strong presence for Christ in our Community and beyond.