If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:13-15 (NLT)
Greetings and peace to you all!
If three years ago, I had shared with you that in the near future, we would be sharing ministry with two other communities of faith, not only in powerful and profound ways, but in very functional and intimate ways, you probably would have thought I was crazy! If two years ago, I had shared with you that in my years of ministry that the community of faith I currently belong offers more opportunities to fully participate in and live out a life of discipleship than any community of faith that I had ever been part of, once again you may have suggested that I was crazy!
Yet, here we stand, on the cusp of the second anniversary of the United Proclamation of the Gospel and these things are true! New life and new opportunities have come to God’s people who gather on the campuses of the United Proclamation of the Gospel!
The United Proclamation of the Gospel was once an “unspoken hope.” An “unspoken hope” that God’s children who gather in Bethlehem and hold the principles of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America central in their faith could come together in powerful ways to promote the love of God within our community. An “unspoken hope” that together these communities of faith would be able to be better stewards of God’s abundant resources and find ways to more effectively and efficiently share this proclamation. An “unspoken hope” that together these communities of faith can have a greater impact on the world around us by increasing our understanding of what God is up to in the world around us and inviting more people to join us in our shared mission! An “unspoken hope that became a “whisper.” A “whisper” that became a “thought.” A “thought” that became an “idea.” An “idea” that was shared and surprisingly became an “opportunity.” An “opportunity” that has become a type of “journey.” A “journey” that has become this community of faith’s “current reality”, yielding incredible opportunities in ministry for those who have opened their hearts and minds to the movement of God’s Spirit among us.