Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus’ call into our lives can come as a great shock. “Really, Lord, you want me to do that? Do what? I can’t do that!” To his shocked disciples, he says something before he lays out his call – he claims that all authority has been given to him. With the confidence that we follow a risen Lord who is full of power and love, we truly can move into uncharted waters and new territory – just like the settlers who came and founded our congregation over 300 years ago. To do otherwise is to live as a “functional atheist” – one whose words claim to follow God but whose actions live as if God really isn’t active and alive. I want more than that for you and for our congregation. We have an adventure ahead of us – that includes making disciples of all nations, baptisms, teaching people, and experiencing the presence of the risen Lord! It is a great opportunity. And it starts in our community.
Most of our congregation lives in Solanco – but not all. In Solanco, in Lampeter-Strasburg, in York County, in Cecil County, MD, and up through Lancaster – the congregation of Chestnut Level is sent by Jesus to make disciples, to invite people to faith, and to demonstrate the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This month, I want to explore with you with it means to live in this community – the farmland valued so deeply by our community, the people whom God loves, and the future of our area that is a concern for all of us. I look forward to talking with you about the area where you live – and God’s call to you there as you love God and show God’s love in that place.
See you Sunday!
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