Right now we are in the middle of our Global Outreach week. Last Sunday we saw from the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) how each of us are sent people. We are people called to join God in his mission of redemption in the world. I also hope you had the opportunity to join us for the Adult Education hour as we heard about the merger of World Missions and Home Missions within the Christian Reformed denomination. God is at work as we the church join him in his mission.
This Sunday we welcome one of our missionaries, Ann Kapteyn, who will lead us in worship. She’ll be preaching from Mark 4:26-29 where we’ll be challenged to see how God is in control of his mission of redemption. After our worship service Ann will share more about her ministry in the Adult Education hour and a potluck will follow. I invite you to join us for this opportunity to hear how God is at work across the globe.
Also, a quick reminder, if you’ve picked up a copy of the new Book of the Quarter, Reaching Out: Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen, I encourage you to start reading. Next Sunday, October 18th, we’ll walk through the first three chapters as we examine Nouwen’s first movement of the Spiritual Life – moving from loneliness to solitude. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy they are available at the Ministry Center.
Finally, don’t forget to spend some time this week in prayer as you consider how you might support our missionary efforts as a church. Together we partner with 10 different missionaries from a house church in Seattle, to community organizers in the Philippines, to church planting and pastoral educators in Haiti. This Sunday we’ll collect the pledge cards that were available last week as we promise them our support.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,