Loss comes. It’s an experience of living which pushes us to the deep of life, the valley of the shadow of death. I’ve been in the deep of the valley. There was so much loss in the recent past, that it became my unwanted normal place. I had to learn to navigate life in the deep as I continued to minister to people and to live despite it all.
It made me aware that the Community of Faith as One, the Church, needs to purposefully take the opportunity to understand and walk alongside. It requires unrelenting grace. Yet. It’s often missed in the busyness and rush of tasks that need to be done to keep it all running, leaving people alone. The culture has shifted, the Church is not always seen as the place to find.
And. The Church is at a place that it must find the way to reach out to the world in this era and culture. Since, I am one that is part of the One Church, I admit it’s not easy and sometimes seems impossible. But. I believe it’s more than possible. There is a Way.
One thing I know is the Church . . . must be generous with grace . . . pouring it out to the world, regardless. Authentic grace comes from Christ, a gift that is not to be contained: “But He poured His grace over me, and I was flooded in an abundance of the grace and faith and love that can only be found in Jesus the Anointed” (1 Timothy 1:14 (VOICE)).
There’s many, even within local communities of faith, who are lost in the deep, waiting and wanting something more. No one is immune. In one instant, life as it’s known can change, taking anyone to the deep. And. There are some in this world, who’ve only lived in the deep.
In the deep of life,
there’s no release and no tomorrow.
Lost in the depths, numb, without breath, the world is gray and still.
It’s hard to imagine God is present. Calling out to God echoes throughout time.
But. We, the Church are the ones that need to say, “Your call is heard. God always answers.”
Because. In reality, there is a shift, when someone calls out. The waters of the deep stir.
And. Grace like waves, spill over, repeatedly, relentlessly, covering.
Never ending, grace comes wave after wave. Regardless.
The power of grace from the Living God surpasses.
I wonder, if in some way, the Church is in the deep, needing an awakening to the power of Grace, asking the Spirit of the Living God to fall fresh, filling the space of loss within the Church as well as outside of it’s walls, pouring grace to overflowing. The choice to be fully immersed in grace needs to be made. Sometimes. It’s hard. There’s comfort in staying separated.
But. Life is meant to be lived alive. And. Grace overcomes in the deep. It’s like being born, made new, not the same as before. But. Alive.
It’s time for the Church to be alive and reach out to the lost in the deep, so Life might be found. It seems to me this world needs the grace of God like never before. It matters–Kerrie
PS–Yes. I know there are some local faith communities who are a part of this movement and are very much alive. I’m talking about the one body, the One Church.
Listen, if you want to be a part of this exciting time–let us know. The easiest way is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Kathy at email@example.com.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.
We have ways for you to invest into this new work beyond attendance–here’s some ways with a form to fill out and submit:
1. Missionary team–those who take a leave of absence from their community of faith to serve one year as a part of the core team.
2. Core team–those who are the strength and the “backbone” of the beginning of the church–their combined DNA will be the DNA of the church. The big deal–is their presence, setting the attitude, believing The Red Door Community Church is necessary in the community and an amazing part of the work of God in this world!
3. Giving team–those who give of their time, talent, and/or resources to be a blessing by contributing to the work of impacting individuals, creating a community of faith, and blessing the community. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in this new work of God. (The Red Door Community Church defines blessed as to know the activity of God and to bless to be a part of the activity of God.)
4. Prayer team–those who pray. We are asking each to be willing to set their alarms for 9.13 am/pm (9.13–launch day) and to pray big and bold for the favor of God. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in the new work of God. We also will be adding a prayer list with specific needs of others.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)