Regional Assembly Theme Scripture
As you reflect on our theme scripture this week, read it quietly and see which part of the story connects to you in your life at this time. What moment in the story "clicks" for you and grabs your attention?
27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
In the story in our theme text, the people on the road, who meet the man they later recognize as Jesus, engage with him in a study of historic and sacred text to put context around their present moment. Jesus does not school them in the tradition of the religious community solely, but engages scriptural narrative and shows them how their past relationship with God has led to the moment in which they currently find themselves. He builds on what they know, but he does not leave them in the past.
Anne Lamott, in one of her essays, quotes a refrigerator magnet, "God loves us just as we are, and God loves us too much to let us stay that way."
In this season of the church in the United States we are not called on to only cling with strained knuckles to the past models and expressions of church. Our buildings, our governing documents, our worship, our programs in this regional church were framed in pre pandemic era. And honestly much was framed in the mid 20th century. We are 22 years into the 21st century today.
Our newest congregations we will celebrate Saturday afternoon of assembly have much to teach the more established churches and vis a versa. What happens next and now will be the making of decisions that will help our regional church to carry the essence of what we intend, the core of our faith story, into the future while the form in which we live church changes around us.
Again, I quote the sainted Disciples pastor, Rev. Lynnette Biggers, "I do not fear the future, for God is already there."
During assembly we will stretch into the recalculating church that is unfolding before us. Workshops, sessions and conversations will be framed around the longing to be the church that is next. See you at assembly.