Good Folks, it is the first Friday in May 2019. Enjoy this story.
On a cold, dreary December evening, several hundred people gathered at a large downtown church in Winston-Salem to celebrate the Christmas season. I had gone down a long hallway to help a small boy who was pushing against massive oak doors trying to get outside. The boy appeared to be about 2 years old. He was crying as if his heart would break.
I picked him up, thinking he belonged to someone at one of the Christmas parties. Investigation, however, revealed nothing.
I rushed outside and spotted an old-model car speeding away in the darkness. Gradually, it began to dawn on me that the child had been abandoned.
I made a few calls, and soon the church was filled with people wanting to help in any way they could. Within moments, the local TV stations interrupted their usual programs to ask if anyone knew the identity of the little boy. The next morning, one of the city’s newspapers had the child’s picture on the front page. Under the picture there was an article describing the events of the evening before. The reporter began his story with this striking line: “Someone trusted the church last night, and the church came through!”
It will be a long, long time before I can forget that newspaper headline. So much of the world’s future depends on the faithfulness of the “People of God” to the “Great Commission.” There is a deep hunger across our land as countless people grope for answers to the deepest questions of the human spirit. The message of Christ speaks to these questions, bringing hope and light to people who now stumble in the dark and live in despair. Our world will be changed as the hearts of people are changed. Evangelism is no longer an option for the church. It is essential to the survival of our world.
The line in that Winston-Salem newspaper is a haunting reminder of what the world expects of the church. “Someone trusted the church last night, and the church came through!” May that always be true! — Bishop Ernest Fitzgerald, “Someone Trusted the Church,” Michigan Christian Advocate.
Today is NOT a cold, dreary December evening; however, there are so many who are losing hope in finding adequate, affordable housing; making household finances possible, affordable childcare; healthcare and the list is endless. The church cannot do everything for everyone, but we can do something and we do.
After a weekend of PIP Days (Property Improvement Program) we have been able to make a difference in some homeowner’s lives. Hope. Love. A glimpse of God.
You are invited to invite folks to church this Sunday. The Table will be prepared. Come and feast.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you,
Psalms 9: 9-10a (NRSV)