Now: what will we do with it?
In November, we continue our celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of College Hill Presbyterian Church. In worship we have been reflecting on certain themes that have endured across the decades: this church’s excellent Worship, meaningful Faith Formation, outward-looking Mission, radical Hospitality and extravagant Generosity. Through world wars, global pandemics, good times and bad, these five practices have formed the foundation for all our life together.
As I reflect on the history of this church, I can not help but feel deeply grateful. The founders of this congregation had a vision for a church on College Hill; through hard and sometimes sacrificial work, they brought that vision into being. And subsequent generations had to wrestle with all kinds of challenges in order to keep the church faithful and thriving.
We stand on their shoulders. We live in their debt.
So what will we do about it?
I believe future generations will look back on this moment as an inflection point in the life of this congregation. We made it through the disruption and devastation of a global pandemic. We have taken on the challenge of becoming a new kind of church for a new era, embracing hybrid worship. And we have reorganized our staff and launched new programs in order to meet this moment when so many families are finding their way to our church.
Now each one of us has a decision to make. Will we step up to share what we have for the sake of our future? Will we commit to sustaining the good things going on at College Hill Presbyterian Church?
That is what I intend to do. I hope that you will join me in making a new or increased pledge to make the most of this moment in the history of our church.
The founders of this church--our mothers and our fathers--must be so pleased with what God is doing in this place. And I believe that they will be waiting and watching, with bated breath, on the edge of their seats, to see what we will do.
We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. We are blessed with a remarkable legacy. And we are invited to make good on what we have been given, for the sake of God’s work in this place.
See you Sunday the 21st!