Tomorrow is our annual "Hand of Hope" day. That means if you come at the regular time for worship, you'll miss us. Hand of Hope is a day when we gather...to serve. We meet at 8:00 for a brief service and then go out into the community to serve. There are lots of projects- some heavy, some light. For more about being part of it, click here.
Sometimes people think Hands of Hope is a good time to remind the community who we are. That may be true but I think it is just as important to remind the church why we are here. It doesn't do much good if we praise the name of Jesus but don't follow the way of Jesus and the way of Jesus is to serve others with love.
There are good reasons for churches to gather for worship, and we'll be doing that again next Sunday at 10:00. But for one Sunday, it is a powerful sign that rather than sitting within walls that divide us, we go out the doors into the community. Instead of being a place to gather, church tomorrow becomes a place to launch.
In truth, that happens every week. We gather to worship and then depart to serve. Whether it is in the schoolroom, the boardroom, the living room or the waiting room, the Church is there because Christ is there. What we live out separately Monday through Saturday, tomorrow we get to embody together: A Church without walls.