How is God visible in the life of Parkway UCC? Moses had manna and the burning bush. What do we have? A burning bush is flashy and sure to catch your attention. Manna in the morning is a great way to start the day with a basic need checked off the daily need list.
Because I participate in a few different functions at Parkway, I see a momentum building in our congregation. It is like the power behind a wave that builds as it approaches the shore. As the wave reaches the shore there is another wave behind it, with a new energy. Much like Moses and the burning bush, and the manna and the parted sea, there is an amazing thing happening at Parkway. Have you seen it? Have you felt it? How are you part of it?
Our building is being used in new and wonderful ways: housing for families without a home, a safe place for same sex marriages to occur, meetings of groups working towards healthier inner lives, and young people learning and having a safe place to be after school.
Since our annual meeting in June, I have seen a rallying of gifts and talents that is new blowing a refreshing breeze through our spirituality. Pledges are more current than they have been since I have starting tracking this detail, which allows us to rely less on the endowment fund. We have new members that are not only names on the roll; these are people that are participating in the ministry and taking on leadership roles. There are requests for going the extra mile in financial giving and volunteer opportunities that are being snatched off the request board and fulfilled. There are silent invisible ministries going on regularly around the church. The narthex was reorganized, the confirmation pictures were shined up, brush has been cleared from the evergreens in the parking lot, trees have been trimmed to allow the community garden to grow better, sidewalks and the parking lot have been weeded, more storage area has been created in the basement with shelves being put up, our books in the children’s library have been organized, and the patio looks fantastic. Our building is being used in new and wonderful ways: housing for families without a home, a safe place for same sex marriages to occur, meetings of groups working towards healthier inner lives, and young people learning and having a safe place to be after school.
The energy is with us, the work is being done. Look for the burning bush, be fed by the energy, come experience the power of the waves.