What a wonderful Sunday morning at Campbell last week! Three people at each service came forward to share a story, a memory of the past that connects them to this phenomenal congregation today. At 8:20, Jill Upp, Scotty Brown, and Dee Presley shared. At 9:30 it was Laura Postma, Chad Walters, and Sue Brokaw. Then at 10:50 we heard from Stacy Crossen, Jay Guffey, and Mildred Lampe.
Each story was different, and illuminated the many ways that we are connected in discipleship here. Thank you so very much to all nine of you, for sharing your selves last week.
And this coming week we will look forward from here, imagining the future together. Just as the faithful discipleship of those in the past has given us the present moment, our faithful discipleship here and now will be a gift to those who come after us. What will Campbell United Methodist Church look like then? What will the Church of Jesus Christ look like then?
A while back when I was talking with my son Wesley, he posed a thought provoking question. “Dad,” he said, “did you know that tomorrow never gets here?”
“What do you mean, Wes?” I asked.
“Okay, well, today is today, right?” Now, this is a profound observation in and of itself, but not the end of Wesley’s reasoning, just the starting point.
“Right,” I responded dutifully.
“But then like when we wake up tomorrow, it is going to be ‘today.’ And then ‘tomorrow’ will be the next day after that!” He smiled with his little self-satisfied grin he gets when he has figured out one of life’s great mysteries.
And you know, Wes is right! Tomorrow never gets here. Nevertheless, people live with plans, hopes, and dreams. They are what keep us going, drive our decisions, wake us up in the morning. Paul writes about it in Philippians 3 when he says, “…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
This Sunday, our “Cycles of Discipleship” series takes us to “Vision Sunday,” where we will imagine together God’s preferred future for this congregation. Where will we be “When Tomorrow Comes?”
See You In Church,