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Let’s start this week by reminding one another and making it clear to one another that  “The Church does not have a mission - The mission of Jesus Christ has a church” (Pastor Iverson)

It has been many years since I have sat in the company of my extended family in a larger gathering (which was once commonplace).  However, because of my experience(s) with aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents (and of course my parents and sister), I can say, in all honesty, that those connections have deeply formed and informed my life’s path.  I wanted to acknowledge this because, in my family of origin, the church family and community was often in the center, meaning we read scripture, we prayed before (and after) meals, and we participated in working with the church institution on the ministry and mission in our community.  This was a way of life for us (no wonder I ended up as a pastor).

Pastor Todd noted in his sermon on Sunday that when we consider “mission” and “mission statements” these are explanations that clarify who we are and who we strive to become as a community.  He also shared with us mission statements from previous church communities in which he has served.  

Including the Trinity mission statement “Embodying True Love and Compassion for all God’s Creation” 

It is a helpful building block for us as we continue to move and grow and shift in the world.  That we know our rootedness is in Christ and we serve that mission.  

Maybe even more importantly we learned that EVERYTHING we do after saying “I BELIEVE” is a form of stewardship.  We are stewards in the mission that Jesus has set before us.  

As you walk through this next week - you are invited to prayerfully consider how you participate in the mission and ministry set before you by Christ.  And how we as a church community might walk together in that mission.

Peace to you in Christ,
Pastor Erin