Trinity Sunday’s charge- the Great Commission:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 18-19)
One aspect of our church that I love is that so many of the parishioners want to live Christ’s mission! His agenda is to live in a radical way that is counter to the prevailing culture.
There are lots of good people who do good things, but that does not necessarily bring people closer to God. What does bring people closer to God is when professing Christians, who love God and His people, do good as they live out our Lord’s agenda.
The Anglican Church just finished celebrating 50 days of Easter with the promised gift of the Holy Spirit falling upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, empowering them to do the work Jesus Christ gave them to do. Restoration marks the passage from the Eastertide into Ordinary Time by moving the congregation into our City Season.
How apropos! Now we get to put flesh on Jesus’ charge of the Great Commission.
We, too, are charged with loving others right into the Kingdom! And this is what our City Season is all about.
It is hard work to live and love radically as Jesus directs in His new commandment:
“A new command I give you: Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34)
This depth of love takes Christians to a new level of sacrificial love where we love others as Christ Jesus loved us! I believe this is why Scripture teaches us the parable of “The Sheep and the Goats”, which proclaims;
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine; you did for me (Matt 25:40).”
I love the way the prayer of St. Francis states it,”Grant that we may not so much seek to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive…it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
Our church has several ways to practice this form of dynamic love. I would like to introduce Fellowship of Hope Mentoring to Restoration as another way the parishioners can flesh out Christ’s love in our community. Fellowship of Hope Mentoring is the budding ministry that I have launched over the last year. It focuses on making God visible to the impoverished children and their families that reside in southwest Richardson.
Fellowship of Hope Mentoring has recently partnered with RISD Academy Elementary School to provide long term one-on-one Christian mentoring that enables us to put on Christ’s likeness as we reach into the lives of these beautiful children in desperate need of encouragement, guidance and God’s love.
The truth is, regardless of race or ethnicity, children living in poverty are more likely to: experience developmental delays in school, suffer a higher dropout rate from high school, give birth during their teen years and are seven times more likely to be victims of child abuse or neglect than their counter parts of higher social and economic status.
These impoverished children will graduate into North Jr. High and J.J. Pearce High school, eventually attending the same schools many children from our church will attend. These children are literally living in our own backyard and they need our help!
A personal Christian mentor working to broaden “their child’s” perspective in fun and life broadening ways – stressing the importance of school, salvation, service and their future story would be loving them as Christ loved. Are you willing to bless a child at RISD Academy Elementary School, twice a month, with your love, friendship, wisdom and faith?
We ask for your prayers for a fruitful ministry and welcome anyone interested in joining these children on their journey to find the love of Christ and a way out of poverty, as they become the next generation of Christian leaders in their community.
For more information go to: www.FellowshipOfHopeMentoring.org