From the Pastor

Credo graphic sept 2016

Warning, yet another nerdy confession follows. In college, I loved listening to an NPR radio show called, “This I Believe.” It was a revival of Edward Murrow’s program from the 1950s. Originally, Murrow launched the program to help people articulate individual beliefs rather than ascribing to religious dogma or patriotic platitudes. The show encouraged famous and everyday people to distill their beliefs into a simple essay, and then read the essay aloud over the air. The unveiled creeds diverged in countless ways, but all of them began with the same words, “This I believe.”

As Christians, we share a common set of beliefs confessed in the Apostle’s Creed. These shared beliefs form the foundation of our faith and our life together. Beyond this, we each hold individual beliefs about the world, the people and the experiences around us.  I believe it is essential to our faith and to the sharing of the gospel that each of us can clearly articulate what we believe.

In September, we will start a new series called Credo. As part of this series, I invite you to share your beliefs in a personal creed. More specifically, I am inviting you to write and read a personal statement beginning with the words, “This I believe.” It might take the shape of a top 10 list, a prayer, or a monologue. The point is not to be perfect or profound, though I imagine that will happen, the point is to articulate the beliefs that inform who you are and what you do.

We will share some of these creeds in written form via this electronic newsletter, eCelebrate. Some of the creeds may be read aloud in worship; others may be recorded to share in worship or on social media (of course with your permission).

So, what do you believe? Think about it. And get ready to share.

Pastor Jen

You can follow this link to explore the original and revived additions of This I Believe.

Just a Thought

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.  -2 Corinthians 6:1-2

When I was younger, I remember my mother cautioning me, “Chris, the older you get, the faster time flies.”

I never knew what she meant. Until now.  I still can’t believe it’s already 2014.  What happened to Thanksgiving? And Advent?  Was that Christmas and News Years that flew right past us?!

It also means that I’ve been partnering with others to birth this new mission church called Celebration for 7 years!  SEVEN YEARS! (I guess it is true that times flies when you’re having fun).

Didn’t we just launch? Didn’t we just move into the storefront? Didn’t we just charter… and call Mary Lee to be our Associate in Ministry… and adopt Holmsley?!

Well, 2014 is gearing up to be an exciting year, and as is our tradition, I have a new theme for our congregation for this coming year. Our congregational theme is:  Now Is The Time!   This theme is based on 2 Corinthians 6:2.

  • When should we go out into the community to serve? Now is the Time!
  • When should we share our faith as an invitation to others? Now is the Time!
  • When should we welcome the stranger? Now is the Time!
  • When should we seek a permanent location? Now is the Time!
  • When should we be an incubator of leadership for the larger Church? Now is the Time!
  • When should we start planting a new missional community? Now is the Time!

As followers of Jesus, we’ve all been called to the important, holy work of changing the world with the love of God. And yet, sometimes faithful people act as if the Holy Spirit has left the building… as if we’re all alone in this task. Sometimes it almost seems as if we’re afraid and timid to step out boldly in faith to shine with the Light that burns within us.

But we’re not alone! And the good news is that Now Is The Time!

So, if you weren’t afraid of failure, what would you do in your life? And, if you weren’t afraid of failure, what would you have Celebration do in 2014?  Because…  Now is the Time!

Just a thought.

+pax et bonum

pc