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March 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:36 AM by Henry McTague

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  Matthew 28.19-20

Dearest Friends in Christ,

The passage from Matthew’s Gospel is known as the Great Commission; the marching orders that Jesus gave his followers, that his ministry might be sustained.  Many of us see that as the role of clergy – to bring people into the church and to spread the Good News – and forget that the Great Commission, although directed to the original followers of Jesus, is intended for all of us.  As those who have chosen to be disciples, we have a responsibility to participate in the creating of God’s kingdom on earth and to bring a word of hope and invitation to all nations. 

What does it mean to be a congregation involved in the work of invitation?  Why are we willing to share much of our good news with friends, family, and, on occasion, strangers, but are reluctant to share the Good News?  When did our faith life become relegated to that is to be held privately, like some dark and ugly secret that we only share with those of our choosing? How could we have moved so far away from the open and joyful sharing of those first disciples and followers of Jesus to a place where the title of Christian is viewed as derogatory? Or perhaps I have it all wrong – perhaps we are proud to be the bearers of the Good News – perhaps we are comfortable living a life that is directed by faith in our Risen Savior – perhaps we can still proclaim who and whose we are with joy and confidence.  If we are to fulfill the Great Commission, I pray that it is the latter.

It is further my prayer that we make 2015 the Year of Invitation, and that is not meant to be intimidating, but rather to be freeing.  This means is that we all consider asking a non-church member to come with us to a church event, and the church event does not have to be worship.  We have lots of events that take place – suppers, Bunny Breakfast, Women’s Book Group, Plant Sale, the Preach-in on Global Warming, Lenten Study, Youth Group, Youth Mission Trip, Horton Center, Vacation Bible School, etc.   You get the picture – invite someone to join in the fun and fellowship.  Show someone that the Good News is great fun, great fellowship, and a great life!


Pastor Gail