|2 Corinthians 3 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)
I have been talking a great deal about the Spirit of the Lord and the truth of the Trinity during recent worship messages. How crazy is it that we have a God who loves us so much that living within each and every one of us in the form of the Spirit is an option. God could have chosen to sit removed from us all and watch us destroy ourselves and then just start over again with a new batch of beings. But that doesn’t happen. God could have chosen to force us to be vessels for the Spirit. But that doesn’t happen. We have a God who knows that loving and caring and showing kindness is a choice that each person needs to make. How lucky are we to have that choice.
We each express our choice in our own ways. Some demonstrate their choice through their service to others: cutting pies at a Church supper, peeling potatoes at a senior center, visiting people in the hospital, or donating clothing to a homeless shelter. Some exhibit their choice through worshipping wherever they are: in the Church, the shower, the car, the woods, on a volcano, in the middle of the ocean, in bed, while washing dishes – everywhere. Still others express their choice through prayer. They pray for: peace in the world, healing for those who need it, the Spirit to enter those in need, missions to be completed, comfort for those who are missing loved ones, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, jobs for the jobless… Everyone expresses their choice to live with the Spirit of our Triune God differently and all ways are valid and true and worthy.
By the time that you read this message, the transition team will have met with Chris Heintz on Sunday, May 29 after church to begin the process of discerning who we are as a church and where we are being led. As we move forward we want to involve many people. I am hoping that many of you who read this newsletter will come out to help us answer some questions about our church. If you are not able to attend to help out, I hope that you will pray for our Church and this process. We have such a privilege in knowing that God is involved in this process. That is demonstrated through the greatest sacrifice and knowing that our Triune God cares enough to guide us with their Spirit. Here’s to a faithful and worshipful experience as we move forward.