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The Preacher's Post: Perspective changes everything
Being out of town meant that I missed my chance to wax poetically on that amazing achievement in my sermon, but I’m home now so you’re going to hear about it in the newsletter instead. And that’s why you’re seeing that famous “Earthrise” photo printed just off to the right. To be honest, this photo wasn’t taken during the moon landings, but was snapped a few months earlier by astronauts orbiting the moon on the Apollo 8 mission, but that view of our planet from the moon is one of those striking images that always pops into my mind when I think about the triumphs of our space program in the 60s and 70s.
As part of the flight crew on Apollo 8, Jim Lovell recalls taking that first look at the earth as their space capsule was completing its first orbit around the moon: “Then, looking up I saw it, the Earth, a blue and white ball, just above the lunar horizon… I thought, my world is only as far as the eye can see. In the country, mountains, hills or a grove of trees can restrict my world… But seeing the Earth at 240,000 miles, my world suddenly expanded to infinity. I put my thumb up to the window and completely hid the Earth. Just think, over five billion people, everything I ever knew was behind my thumb.” Wow. Perspective really changes everything, doesn’t it?
As we’ve been celebrating our 100th year of ministry, we’ve had a chance to take a look back at those things we know and hold dear to us. Like the mountains or trees that Lovell recalled as he orbited the moon, our history is full of stories that form the familiar contours that define our “world” of First Christian Church. But it’s important to remind ourselves that God is also calling us to keep an eye turned toward our future and who we might yet be.
Now, I’m not calling for any of us to pack up and head for the moon. (But wow, what a vacation, right?) We can find new ways to expand our horizons and stretch our perspectives without leaving the atmosphere. Heck, we don’t even have to leave town! One of the gifts of our modern, technological age is that new learning can come right to us. So, I’d like to invite you to join me for an upcoming webinar. Or two or three if you’re so inclined! The next one I’m excited about will take place on Tuesday, September 10th, and is entitled “Why Care About Mass Incarceration?” It will be led by Rev. Dean Bucalos, who runs a nonprofit group that helps congregations learn how to minister with people transitioning out of prison and also serves as a mission specialist for the National Benevolent Association of our denomination. I’m planning on
logging us in right here at the church, so let me know if you’d like to join me. It’s not a trip to the moon, but there’s no telling just how much our perspective might grow.
I look forward to seeing you around the church, and hope you’ll join me on September 10th!
Yours on the journey, Pastor Clint
Christian Church of Bremerton is a diverse group of people seeking to
respond to the vision of God's purpose revealed through Jesus the
We believe this vision calls us to be an intentional community, which engages persons in Christian practices. These practices include the Lord's Supper, joyful worship, Bible Study, prayer, service, and inclusive hospitality. We anticipate being open to all people, discerning how we can respond to needs within and beyond our congregation. As a community we will listen to and bear one another's burdens, and work on behalf of justice for all God's people.
To embrace and manifest Christ-like relationships in our community, we desire to communicate Jesus' death on the cross and bear witness to His resurrection as a sign of hope in this world. We seek to realize this hope by finding ways to overcome the forces that degrade, enslave and oppress God's creation.
In this vision we seek to know, to discern, and to act on the Holy Spirit's guidance to become an expression of God's new creation through our personal gifts and resources. In our actions we strive "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God." (Micah 6:8c)