“Maturing in our faith means knowing and believing that what you’re anticipating and requiring in order to live out your faith, are not necessarily with what God might give, nor what God’s people might offer to you in this moment.
“Maturing in faith is the difficult experience of knowing that what you think is important is not always what God thinks is important.”
“Here I am,” and, “send me,” are wonderfully brave phrases that take a lot of courage to stand up and say, but they aren’t useful, and you can’t say them, if you don’t know that there is a call and a need. However, most of my life has been spent doing more speaking than listening. Only when I learned to stop, and listen did I hear God’s call and with the courage to say, “here I am,” did my life’s work take on deeper meaning. Being able to listen, especially this week after Pentecost, is the crux of justice in our faith lives. God is reaching out to us. Asking us to love deeply no matter what the cost. Pulling us towards justice and peace in every corner of our life. But what practices do we have in our lives to make sure we are listening?
A new voice in the pulpit is always a treat, and an incredible gift to this community. This Sunday, we welcome Jonathan William Soto as guest preacher. Jonathan is a community organizer and social justice activist with over a decade of experience building coalitions and organizations within government, academic and grassroots spaces. Soto currently serves as the Associate Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives at Union Theological Seminary. Union is the country’s oldest independent seminary and shares an affiliation with neighboring Columbia University. Read more on Jonathan here: https://www.parkavenuechristian.com/about-sundays-guest-preacher-jonathan-soto/
If you’re feeling lost, if you’re wondering where you might need to find yourself, go back to Jesus, and listen to him. Because Jesus said, “Abide [meaning be, live, rest] in me.” Abide in Jesus, and everything else will fall into place.