Updated: Oct 3, 2019
By Rev. Leslie Stewart
Three years ago when we were forming Resurrection, we wanted to establish a strong foundation for what we envisoned for a church. We landed on four core values that are an integral part of everything we do: Service, Stewardship, Storied and Sharing.
This year we are focusing on Sharing, and we are called to bring the Good News to the world.
What does this mean? Rather than wait for people to find us, we share our lives and our faith authentically, extending our hands, so it’s easy for people to join us in volunteerism or worship services. We welcome everyone: from those who haven't tried church yet to those who have but want to create a better experience of Christian community.
Our Sharing value is based on The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20):
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
I am honored to be part of a church community that has overwhelmingly embraced our Sharing pillar -- everyone who volunteers at our booths in the community, shows up at our weekly dinners/evangelism opportunities at Legacy Food Hall, sweats it out with us at Warrior Church and participates in all of our activities outside of our Sunday service. You all are walking the walk and sharing your stories and God-given gifts.
What warms my heart even more is to see how this attitude of Sharing is really an innate part of who you all are.
Like Shannon Catalano, who started a nonprofit called Lonestar Wheelers, which provides wheelchair bicycle joyrides for the sick, elderly and disabled. In case you missed it last Sunday, Shannon gave visiting Bishop Sumner a ride!
Or David Asburner, a licensed marriage counselor who helped lead our 8 Dates Marriage Workshop and weekly small group. We had 11 couples participate, some who had never attended Resurrection before. David’s gift of helping couples better understand one another to build a better relationship resulted in two couples attending our Sunday service after joining the small group sessions.
That, my friends, is faith in action. And that’s what we’re all called to do. What gifts and talents can you use to help share God’s word to people outside of our church?
P.S. -- Please come and support Shannon at the ribbon cutting and bike blessing for Lonestar Wheelers at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, September 14 at Day Spring Assisted Living Center.