Today's Lectionary Text
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I recently attended the closing celebration for the church I grew up in. Among the memorabilia were photo albums with pictures of people who were witnesses to the faith during my childhood. At the bottom of each photo was a caption, written in my mother’s distinctive handwriting. She was church secretary for a number of years at that church and my children have fond memories of wandering the building while Grandmother worked in the office.
Mom has been gone for a number of years now, along with most of the people in those pictures. Down through history, the faith has been passed from one generation to the next -- millions of unknown faces who were faithful to the church over two-plus centuries.
It makes me wonder --have we been as faithful in passing down the heritage that was given to us? Are our churches failing because we have failed to be that cloud of witnesses to the next generation?
As we ponder the changes coming to our denomination, I hope we will remember to think, not just of ourselves, but what legacy we will leave for our children and grandchildren. What kind of church will they inherit? Will there be a church for then to inherit?
Five Rivers Lay Leader/LSM Director
Prayer for Reflection
God of the Ages, help us be faithful witnesses to the truth that is the foundation of our faith- Jesus Christ, who came to show us how God would have us live. Help us know how to continue to spread the Good News of God’s unfailing love for all.
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