We played a round of Family Feud in church last weekend. It was the ‘pulpit’ family versus the ‘lecturn’ family. “Name the top 4 answers on the board to this question, ‘What are some major movements in history?'” Answers given were, “Civil rights,” “Anti-war,” “Feminist.” But no one said, “Christianity.” Wasn’t it a movement in its inception? If by movement we mean a network of people embodying their beliefs across the major sectors of culture (government, media, workplace, education, organized religion), it was. It is.
This summer at St. John’s we’re re-engaging our roots with an intentional focus on off-campus gospel movement. June is RAK (random acts of kindness) month. July will be ‘offers of prayer’ month. We are taking recess from evening meetings and summer church programs to allow more time for members to engage in relationships with neighbors and community.
Our inspiration is the Old Testament sabbath laws,
10 “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your [a]olive grove. Exodus 23.
Metaphorically, this is our 7th year summer at St. John’s. As in Jesus’ parable of the sower in Mt. 13, we are allowing our good soil to rest & rejuvenate from constant church work so that others within our networks might glean from gospel deposits made in us all year from the means of grace. We have something to offer others in our path this summer–the gospel story as it has impacted us personally. It is the Father’s sending of the Son, and the Son’s sending of the Spirit that has made us rich through the Word of God–rich enough for others to glean abundantly and give praise to our Father in Heaven.