I’m writing this letter in the chapel at our South campus, the room is empty and silent (the introvert in me loves it), but it doesn’t feel right. We are better together. As I reflect on this past year, I think a few things need to be said.
First, as a faith community, our confidence is in the Lord. This year has put that to the test, but I discern we would collectively say amen to that truth. Our confidence is in the Lord. God has proven himself good and faithful in a year riddled with disorienting moments. The church’s mission, to worship God with singular devotion, proclaim the gospel in words and action, and living missionally as disciples, remain our church’s heartbeat. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your pastor and follow Jesus alongside you. Together we are seeking first the Kingdom of God and will continue to do so in the days ahead.
Secondly, the world needs Jesus! I’m convinced of this, now more so than ever. Jesus and the gospel’s potency brings peace to the chaos, hope to the hopeless, healing to the hurting, and life to the lifeless. It’s humbling to think that we are alive for such a time as this. Serving our community is a tremendously tall task. But we have everything we need to do just that because God has provided us with his Son, his Word, the Holy Spirit and each other. In a year that has been challenging, Summit is full of changed lives and awakened souls. The Spirit of God is moving in us and through us.
Lastly, in obedient dependence on Jesus, we’ve invested our lives (time, talents, finances, prayers) in what matters the most — loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We care for God’s creation because God is transforming us by his grace to be more and more like Jesus. Our faithfulness to live for Jesus makes an impact for the Kingdom of God. I hope you can take a moment to receive joy in knowing that God is using your faithful and sacrificial giving as a vehicle for the gospel’s proclamation. Real people are experiencing hope and healing, life and liberty of Jesus, in part through our giving.
Thank you for being in this with us. Thank you for continuing to trust Jesus.
Summit wouldn’t be the same without your unwavering commitment to our church family! I believe that our best days as a church are ahead of us, and I’m so grateful that we are on this journey of following Jesus together!