This Sunday is our Vision Day. I’ll deliver a state of the church address as we embark upon this exciting year in which we’ll engage several important benchmarks of our growth and status as a church in formation. We’ll celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness to us over the past season, look ahead at what is to come, and consider how we can partner with him as he builds his church in East Dallas. Specifically, we’ll have a Ministry Fair immediately following the service out in the courtyard. There you’ll find tables with different Sunday teams on them. Part of belonging at All Saints East Dallas is serving together. And if this has become or is becoming your home, I invite you to see how you can help make Sunday worship happen, serve with our Little Saints, or partner in prayer with our International Friends.
But my deepest desire for Vision Day is to invite us all into the great hope that God is creating among us. What is the overarching, cohesive vision that will organize and define who God is creating us to be? What is our hope for someone who is a member of All Saints East Dallas? These are the questions I want to wrestle with over this next year as God forms and fashions us as a people and a church.
Much of the detail is yet to be articulated and made clear. But one thing is very clear. The Risen Christ is drawing people to himself from all over East Dallas and beyond, and we want to join him in that joyful task. We will continue to enter into the rhythms and spaces of discipleship, those habits and practices that form our communal life of worship, prayer, and mission. As we live in those rhythms and spaces, our good Father will by his incarnate Word and Holy Spirit continually form and remake us from his image to his likeness.
Be there Sunday to celebrate, anticipate, and participate! Be there to dream together and pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done in us, in East Dallas, in a people yet unborn, as it is in heaven.