Celebrating New Beginnings
A few weeks ago in the midst of our community discussions regarding our denominational status, I turned to the people present and said “I’m really proud of you.” They tried to laugh it off, wondering how a handful of people in a Seattle living room could do something that would make anyone proud. “Really, I’m proud of you,” I reiterated. “I’m proud that we’re sitting here talking openly about living out the gospel in a way that includes our neighborhood, in a way that says God’s love is big enough to welcome all of us to the table. We’re talking about standing alongside our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. In church. Without fear or malice or hate. We’re wondering how God is remaking us to serve and love.” I said something to that effect, or something less eloquent.
Over the past week or so, I’ve heard all sorts of comments from folks regarding this little churchplant, and sometimes regarding myself as a minister of the Gospel. Some have called myself or our community courageous. Some have called us idiots. Some have offered prayer and support. Some have wondered if we’re losing our minds or our theology, or perhaps both. The truth is, we are just a group of people trying to figure out what it means to live, I mean really live our faith.
The past few months have been painful. We continue to love the ECC, and are incredibly thankful for all our time spent in the denomination, and in ECC churches. At the same time, we have realized with increasing clarity that God is calling us to a new place as a community, a place where perhaps the ECC cannot go. This is a difficult tension, and choosing to step into this tension means stepping out of a supportive relationship with a great group of people. And yet, there is hope within us. Hope that our commissioning might come from both God and those who are joining us along the way. Hope that a vision of the love of God as including all of us would be blessed in God’s sight. Hope that as we love God and love our neighbors as ourselves, we might be following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Join us, as we celebrate a new beginning. We’re throwing a party, and you’re all invited.
If you haven’t made it there, check out the church website! www.sinnersandsaintschurch.com