I know that – for the past week or so – many of you have been praying for all of us who are on the CARAVAN mission experience, working with the
organization in Tucson, AZ. I want to thank you for your prayers, and for all the support that you have given to the mission efforts of our communities.
Anytime I have been given the gift of being a part of a mission team’s journey it has been a blessing. What a gift it is, to be able to take time away to be fully present to new people and experiences, to spend time in reflection on places of struggle in the world, and to find the space to be open to see what God is doing there. If you have been a part of one of these kinds of trips, you can probably relate to what I’m saying.
But what do we do when we get back? How do we connect the things that we have seen and done to the everyday, normal reality of our usual lives? The words from Mark that we will talk about in worship, present us this challenge again as they contrast the different reactions to Jesus’ teaching and power, from his hometown folks and his new disciples. If you’ve ever struggled to move beyond the boundaries that your routines seem to have placed on your own life, I hope you’ll come and join together in our worship and reflections.