Sharing God’s Grace
Mission and Ministry
“Sharing God’s Grace.” We see that sentence often at Calvary. It’s on the front of every worship service bulletin. It’s on the masthead of this newsletter. It’s engraved on a lovely wooden sign that hangs above the doors of our sanctuary. It’s a statement of mission. But whose mission?
As I shared with the members of our Congregation Council and staff, I believe that this is a statement of God’s mission. As Richard Bliese writes in the first chapter of A Story Worth Sharing, “Mission is first and foremost not about what we do, but about what God is doing.” If God is one who is active with people who are poor, then our church will also be active among people who are poor. If God is the host of a banquet where everyone is invited, then we will follow suit. If God heals people, then we too will want to heal people. If God acts justly or mercifully, then the congregation will strive to act justly and mercifully.
Being a part of God’s mission involves asking the question, “What in the World Is God up to?” Last fall, God brought together 100 children from Chillicothe and the surrounding communities for auditions for a production at the new theatre just a couple blocks from Calvary. After those auditions, some incredibly gifted and caring adults cast 32 of those children in the February production of the musical Frozen Jr., a show about self-sacrificing love. As months of rehearsals continued, the cast members become friends, the adult directors be-came mentors, and together they put on seven sold-out shows. Here at Calvary, we asked, “How can we be a part of what God is up to at Chillicothe Civic Theatre?” We placed an ad in the Playbill program, which invited hundreds of people to experience the “warm hugs” shared at Calvary. And we opened our church home and fellowship hall for the cast party, where I was able to offer a welcome, a prayer, and a gift for each cast and crew member on behalf of the congregation.
As we move forward, ask yourself often, “What in the World Is God up to?” And consider how you—and Calvary—can be a part of that mission.
Pastor Tom Pairan