Courage and Trust
“Be strong and let your heart take courage.” Psalm 27:14
We cannot be engaged in ministry without trust. Trust in God, and trusting one another. For we do not walk this path alone.
Southport Presbyterian Church has been on a journey of faith for some time. We are building a Ministry Center. All along, we have said, and we believe, that building a Ministry Center is not about bricks and mortar. It is about Sharing the Journey: Deeper in Faith, Broader in Service, and Stronger in Unity. As we watch it grow before our eyes – the site work, the paving, the walls and windows, the hardware and paint, the plumbing and power – it is exciting and beautiful. But let us remember, it is not an end in itself. It is an instrument of mission. Here, in this place, we discover, shape, and re-discover our purpose. We are not there yet. We are on the way. I suppose we will always be on the way. It takes courage and trust to step forward in this fragile life of ours. Thankfully, we do not walk this path alone. God is with us.
Worship is dynamic and renewing. Worship and preaching express the via positiva, the positive way of hope. Worship is filled with music that inspires and includes. Worship challenges us to drink deeply of scriptural wisdom and share gladly the sacramental gifts.
Mission takes us outside of ourselves, loving others graciously, generously, and humbly. Mission challenges our lifestyles and assumptions. Mission makes a difference. Mission grows our appreciation of cultural gifts and many needs throughout our community and the world.
Faith Formation shapes our discipleship, strengthens our spirits and broadens our minds. Faith deepens our connection with God and with one another. Faith energizes our lives and gives us confidence. Faith nurtures our spiritual longings. Faith makes sense and helps us daily.
Diversity invites us all to celebrate difference and commonality. Diversity grows out of genuine hospitality. Diversity intentionally welcomes young and old, able and differently-abled. Diversity lives in the truth that “All Are Welcome Here” – race, color, sexual-orientation, and status. Diversity helps us experience kinship and enables us to have a place of belonging.
We are not there yet. We are on the way. I suppose we will always be on the way. It takes courage and trust to step forward in this fragile life of ours. Thankfully, we do not walk this path alone. God is with us.