In reading Church history and current news, hearing stories, and experiencing things in my several years in ministry, I don’t know how the Church has lasted as long as it has. That’s not true, I do. I do because I personally, frequently pray to God that God work despite me. And thanks be to God, God does. The Holy Spirit is why the Church has lasted and will continue to live – despite us.
As we prepare to launch a new service at Trinity, this prayer comes to mind. Not because I don’t think it’ll be awesome. Not because we don’t have a talented, hard working team. Not because we haven’t been diligent and worked hard for months to prepare for this launch. I’m really excited about this new service and I’m really proud of the hard-working Modern Worship team. Yet, my prayer is that God show off. I’ve noticed in my own life that God’s dreams are often more audacious and grander than anything I can come up with. I’ve seen in my own life that God speaks words of healing to people through some of my worst sermons. I’ve experienced that on days that I feel particularly inadequate God somehow uses me to offer words of encouragement and love. So, I pray that despite our best efforts, God shows off even more. The truth is that the best that we can wish for this service (or any ministerial endeavor) is tiny compared to how much God wants us to accomplish transformational things with the help of the Holy Spirit. The truth is that all of the stuff that’s worthwhile is accomplished by God and not by me. So my prayer is and will continue to be that God be glorified, and that people come to know God’s transforming love, grace, redemption, and mercy. God, show off – amen.