Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
I thought I would take a moment and catch you up on where the Session is in the work they have been doing on creating a descriptive for the identity of CCPC. They have been going through a process of discernment, prayer, and sharing on who we are as a church for a while now. Our series on the purple church was, and still is, part of this discussion.
The fact of the matter is that we are not the same church we used to be. A church will often realize this numerous times throughout its life. Churches change because churches are organic entities. Biblically speaking, one would describe the church as alive, which is why people like Paul use the image of a body to describe the church. We are the body of Christ, not the Christ in the tomb, but the resurrected Christ alive in the world. Throughout life, how the church defines itself will therefore change. We are in a time like that.
At the end of 2018, the Session completed what might be called the “organic” part of the process where we provided input to help clarify Canyon Creek’s identity. Now a smaller group from the Session is taking all of that “data”, is also seeking additional input from individual members, and is seeking God’s guidance in returning to the Session with a recommendation for what we hope will become a defining statement of this church that will help carry us through this next season of life together. It is a daunting, exciting, humbling, deeply spiritual thing they are doing.
My thought to you is to be praying for this part of the work. Join me in asking God to continue being the vision of this church. “Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.”
Published on 02/12/2019 @ 2:55 PM CDT