Message from our Minister
The add states: To Whom it may concern. Search for the brave few who find value in serving others and showing mercy. This is not a program to participate in but a new way of being. A life dedicated to intentional community, humble service, and the steward-ship of grace. Measurement is empathy. There will be no credit or accolades, this is not a box to check. Only apply if you are poor in spirit. You morn. You’re meek. You’re a peacemaker, persecuted and insulted, but also blessed, made righteous and redeemed. Only apply if you believe in giving not taking. When the world tells you to consume, collect, gain, and prove – you choose to share, help, heal, and love. Be a part of a generation of healers, not those who harm; of those who are here to serve not to be served. Join us. Sincerely, the brokenhearted, the bruised, the weary, the redeemed. Now the add is an invitation from a ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. It’s for people who want to dedicate at least one year of their lives helping the mission serve the greater Seattle area.
But the add, is actually an invitation to true discipleship. How wonderful it would be to live and work around people who have this perspective on life. But that’s actually the kind of life all who follow Christ are called to live. And it’s the kind of life that I see beginning to bud in the lives of many who are actively involved in the ministries of our church.
I’ve seen such attitudes in the parents of our youth who are willing to work hard to raise funds so their kids can be involved in our youth Mission trips. I see it in our folks who participate in our ministry with Family Promise. Where-by we are helping houseless families build the resources they need to pro-vide homes for their families. I see such selfless giving in the attitudes of those who serve during worship. Giving of their time and talents to make our worship a place where we can truly encounter the living presence of God. I could go on and on.
We might not state it as intentionally as the ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission does in their add. But being a part of Community Church of Honolulu is also being a part of the same concepts that their add lays out. May God empower us to continue to develop such a life giving community. Even to the point that when someone reads an add, like Union Gospel Mission’s they will inherently think of us.
May God allow it to be so.