Who are the people, and what are the places, organizations, and experiences that have kindled a fire within you that motivate you to move our world from the way it is, to the way you believe it should be? What formed the cold determination within you that gets you up each morning to try and be a Disciple of Jesus Christ by loving your neighbors?
These are powerful questions, and connecting to these stories of who we are can unleash a power that has the ability to transform our congregation, our community, our county, Baltimore City, and the State of Maryland. To do any of that, we are invited to discover the stories of our faith and our lives that can give us strength when we’re not sure if we are enough to be the people God is calling us to be in the world.
In January, our Mission Focus will be on Community Organizing, a way for us to be relevant and involved in the life of the community past our doors on Sunday morning. It’s a way to shape the world in the shape of God’s presence in our life together. We’re asking you to offer something a little bit different this month. We will have envelopes in the pews for you to offer funds that will help us to show up in Alhambra Park for our pop-up games of kickball, board games and coloring in the neighborhood, but also so that we can create events where we can learn what our neighbors, young families, immigrants, environmentalists, folks who live around us would love to see a church lead the community to address. These events don’t cost much. We will also use the funds to bring trainers in to train those who participate in our Lenten Study how to practice Holy Listening with one another, and folks we’re just getting to know.
Holy Listening is sometimes called having a Relational Meeting, similar to how I have been meeting with folks at MPC and the area to learn about you, and deepen our relationships. There is something powerful about knowing one another’s motivations, concerns, passions, and dreams for a world transformed. Now’s the time for us to practice Holy Listening, because the Go-Between God of the Incarnation is inviting us to hear our calling to be a revitalized little church in the woods. I hope you will join us in this exciting work.
Rev. David Norse Thomas