Trust, Live, and Serve

Pastor Ted

“We will Trust, Live and Serve Christ Jesus Our Lord”

What do we mean when we say those words every week at the end of our worship services?

I always look forward to the fall and all the activity at Zion. For most of us, we have crammed as much activity as possible into the summer. I love it when everyone comes back to church at the end of summer. Soon, the halls of Zion’s building will be full of activity. Sunday school rooms will be being used on Sundays and weeknights. Wednesday evenings will be busy with youth and children and adults in the building. It is the same old church building but, it is kind of new too. And that is how God’s love is – the same, but kind of new too. Constant, faithful, ever-ending, and yet brand new for the new time in our lives. This fall, we will start the fall with a three weeks series of messages about that old but brand new love.

Beginning on Z-Fest Sunday, September 9, we will look at those three words, “Trust, Live and Serve” using some familiar Bible stories and talk about what they mean for our daily and weekly lives.

One of the defining stories in the Bible of what it means for people like you and me to follow God in faith is the story of Abraham and Sarah. Those two people, packed up their possessions and left everything they knew, based on God’s promise. They didn’t even know where they were going. God’s promise of something good was enough for them.

In the 12th chapter of Genesis, we are told that the Lord said to Abraham, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

It may not be obvious upon a first reading of the scripture, but they didn’t even know where they were going. They left their home based on the belief that God held a promising tomorrow for them. They did not know what it was – but they knew that God held it for them. They didn’t know where it was, but they believed that God would show them where when they got there.

When we say, “We will Trust, Live and Serve Christ Jesus Our Lord”, we are saying what Abraham and Sarah said when they followed God. When we trust, live, and serve we are on the path toward the promising tomorrow God holds for you, me, and for Zion. See you soon.

ZFest is Sunday, September 9