Mission is the church’s creative acceptance of God’s gracious invitation to participate in the Triune God’s reconciliation and redemption of creation. (Robert Salor, Lilly Endowment)
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! (James 1:22, The Message)
To be in mission is to participate – and also, to give, build, pray, dig, share, collect, listen, dream, advocate, cook, see, do, accompany, witness – to act. At St. Thomas, we use the word mission to describe the many ways we act – as individuals, as groups, and as a congregation – to participate in God’s redemptive and reconciling work in the world.
Each of us can be part of this mission. We are all called to be missionaries, and St. Thomas is called to be a mission center. These are bold, wonderful words, and we have thought, prayed, and dreamed about how to be faithful to them. Our worship, our study, even our shared meals – all these direct our intention towards God’s invitation to participate. We are engaged in an ongoing process of working with one another’s visions, callings, and hopes.
We document some of the story in the Mission Blog, but there’s mission being enacted throughout the congregation – diverse, unpredictable, and dynamic. The words of the prophet Micah can help us describe it.
God has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NIV)