Who are we? Where are we going?
These are supposed to be the “dog days of summer”. I remember first hearing that phrase as a child characterizing the heat and humidity of this season, but with nothing else really happening. Well, we have had a milder weather time than expected this summer, and there is a lot happening as we prepare for the Fall Kickoff Worship and Party on August 27.
But, coming out of our sabbath month of July, I would like to take a moment to remind ourselves of who we are and where we are going before the things of fall fill up our minds.
Over the last several years God has built into us a certain DNA that we have come to embrace and celebrate. Based on the 3 streams of scripture, sacrament and Spirit, there is a peace, presence and desire to love and serve others. Our mission statement is “Live in God’s presence, Live Out His love.” There is a sense of rest, peace, and joy in this church. A focus on “being” before “doing” while asking to continually recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in and around us.
All the values you hear us talk about-generosity, transparency, humility, authenticity, connection, healing, wisdom, mission, etc.-reflect who we are, and by His grace, always will. These same values are inculcated at All Saints East Dallas as well.
Months ago we discerned as a church that God is calling us downtown. Our new location reflects, we believe, God’s call on us to influence the heartbeat of the city with these and other values that represent our Biblical DNA- a Christ centered, Bible teaching, Spirit filled liturgical church. We don’t know all the reasons He has called us to the city and we don’t need to. We trust Him and He will show us along the way what to do. It won’t be easy. It’s not supposed to be. But, we believe our new location will be a sacramental representation that incarnates His heart for the city of Dallas and beyond.
There is lots more to talk about regarding design, building construction, etc, but I wanted to take this moment to remind ourselves of this call, to the crossroads of Dallas, remembering the words of Christ, “if you want to be my disciple, take up your cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9.23. Please keep us all in your prayers as we journey with Him in this next season, and be open to all He has to teach us.
Walk humbly. Pray deeply. Live joyfully. Be healed.