You are Part of a Movement

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Pat is the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls. She can be reached at pathammond@fpcsiouxfalls.org.

Pat is the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls. She can be reached at pathammond@fpcsiouxfalls.org.

By Pat Hammond

I have written about this before, but now, especially now, it seems important to bring it back to the forefront of our minds.

You are part of a movement! Did you know that? It’s true! You are part of a movement!

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Max Lucado is a pulpit minister and prolific writer and he describes the movement we are part of like this:

“From the start the movement was doomed to fail. For one thing it began with just 120 men. Remarkably few, when you consider that their homeland had a population of four million. Besides that, most of the men were illiterate and poor. Blue-collar workers they were, far too ignorant to stage an uprising that could make any difference . . . The movement was doomed to failure . . . But it didn’t fail. It succeeded. Not only did it succeed but it far surpassed any movement in our world’s history. Within thirty years the message of Jesus Christ had entered every port, city, and courtyard of the world. It was infectious. It was a moving organism . . . It should have failed but it succeeded. And it still succeeds. God’s movement will never stop. . . It is the movement of God. That is precisely why what should have failed will never fail. It is the movement of God.” (From Shaped by God by Max Lucado).

That’s the movement we are part of. And after two thousand years it is our turn to see to it that the light of God’s movement in the world does not go out. Therefore, what we do here matters. What you do here matters. Elders and Deacons, what you do matters. You are the leaders of the movement in this place. What you do matters. Every one of us who make up the family of faith here at FPC, what you do matters. We are part of something much bigger than ourselves; we are part of the movement of God. And we will march on! Remembering in all we do both inside these walls and out into the world . . . what we do matters! And it’s our turn to prove it!

May we journey well!

Pastor Pat

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 5:58