No doubt, Christianity can be complex. The Trinity, the Incarnation, Substitutionary Atonement and a host of other things are hard to get our minds around and even harder to explain. But there are ways in which Christianity is remarkably simple, yet still mind-blowingly profound. Like when it says in John 13:35 “By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another”. Or when James says “but someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith from my works'” (James 2:18) These truths seem to speak for themselves.
I am proud to tell you that I have personally witnessed real Christianity in action this week at Hope. Most of that stems from the tremendous response of support, service and grace that was extended to the Brunell/Wilson family at their son’s funeral on Tuesday. Numerous people made the journey to drop off food, others re-arranged their weeks to serve more than a half day to demonstrate love in a tangible, visible way as they served food, staffed the sound booth, cleaned the building, and offered words of encouragement to the family. I saw Christ alive and at work in it all. I am proud that you will have me as your Pastor.
But don’t just take my word for it. This funeral was the first contact that the servicing Funeral Director had with Hope Chapel. Being from Worcester, he didn’t even know Hope existed. But he made a specific point to search me and tell me “you have a good thing going here and it restores my hope that there are still churches that make a real difference.” The family echoed the same sentiments. Wow. Nice. Love in action still communicates.
I pray that the undeniable reality of love in action never ceases at Hope. I believe it must be a light that shines in the darkness. I pray it incarnates itself this Sunday in me, you and all who are Hope as we worship God and interact with His people. I pray it will drip from the walls next week as we serve +/- 150 kids in VBS.
Thanks for being a blessing.