Launch (verb) - to throw forward : HURL; to release, catapult, or send off; to give a person a start; (1): to put into operation or set in motion : INITIATE, INTRODUCE; (2): to get off to a good start; a: to spring forward : TAKE OFF; b: to enter energetically
This Sunday, September 12, is our Launch Day – the day we catapult into our new ministry season! We want to spring forward, take off, and enter into this new season energetically! What does that mean? What does that look like? For some, it may mean taking a step of faith by joining a small group or care group where you can find fellowship and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. For others, it may mean taking a step of faith by serving in a new area of the church by leading an adult or student small group, helping in Children’s Ministries, welcoming newcomers, or blessing people with a warm smile and hot cup of coffee at the café. Others still may decide to take a step of faith by loving and serving others outside of Covenant by coaching pee-wee soccer, assisting a sick neighbor with yardwork, or inviting neighbors over for a homecooked meal and pleasant, Christ-centered conversation. While we want to be engaged in all of these areas all the time, it is helpful to have a more intentional time of consideration and decision concerning them. That’s what this LAUNCH is all about!
Not only are ministries launching, but Covenant is also launching into a new sermon series that will provide the framework for our “launch”. It will provide the WHY and HOW behind doing ministry. For the next few months, we will be jumping into the letter to the Ephesians, studying how we are to be ONE – like a body or a building (namely the Body of Christ and the living Temple). We are to be ONE in Covenant, ONE in Christ, and ONE in Community. Being ONE means being unified, together moving forward. Think of it like a runner: without the heart pumping, synapses firing, and oxygen flowing, her muscles couldn’t contract propelling her arms and legs into action. We are to be that body – getting all our power and guidance from the Head, Jesus Christ himself and working together as ONE to accomplish the task before us.
As Ephesians 4:3-4 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.” It takes effort to keep unity. It is no easy task to keep the body operating as it should; we often get disjointed, fragmented, broken, even shattered. So how do we do it? What keeps us together as ONE? The Spirit’s bond of peace. Thus, as we consider what it means to be launched into this new ministry season, remember that we are all in this together. We have a common mission of living out the gospel of Christ (loving our neighbors, seeking out ways to bring justice and mercy in the world, furthering the kingdom of God by showing compassion and pointing others to Jesus...and so on). However, striving to achieve the mission alone is like a lone soldier seeking his own glory by attempting to engage the enemy by endangering his entire regiment. There is a reason nearly every letter Paul wrote had something in it about being ONE – it is a theme the people of Paul’s day needed to hear and it remains the theme we need to hear today.
And so, I pray this Sunday will be a glorious day! A day when we at Covenant come together as ONE in order to defeat the powers of darkness and launch the kingdom of God to a whole new level in Doylestown, Bucks County, the U.S., and the world! May this be the start of something incredible!