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We live in an increasingly complex moment in human history. The suffering across our planet continues to deepen. The longing for healing and new ways of living is palpable across all segments of humanity and even creation. What will it mean for all of us to live as truly free? Not just on the outside, but also on the inside? More and more we will need the ability to live from places where the waters run deep. We will need to make decisions from a viewpoint larger than ourselves. We will need one another to support, encourage, and build us up to take the steps of faith that we are too scared to take alone. We will need to be courageous.
When we see the word courage, it often calls forth images of a valiant warrior or a bold pioneer bravely facing great challenges against all odds. While inspiring, these images feel removed from our everyday reality.
But what if courage has more to do with claiming our identity as children of God? With being brave enough to face what is real and true in our lives and in the world and to share it with others? With claiming our gifts and stepping forward in faithfulness while we are still afraid and uncertain about the future?
This year, we want to explore what it means to live with COURAGE. Join us this year as we embark on this courageous journey!
As we discern what our role is as part of a courageous church, let us read the stories of these courageous citizens who worked to be a blessing to others. The first five stories are the stories used for the week of Super VBS (July 13-17 on Zoom).
July 19 – Super VBS Sunday – The Great Family: Courage to Be a Blessing to Others – Genesis 12
Abraham was called to create a nation that would be a blessing to all the other nations. What does this look like for us as Christians?
July 26 – Abigail: Courage to Be a Peacemaker – 1 Samuel 25
Abigail courageously uses her wit and her voice to stop a violent battle from happening between David and her husband. How are we called to be wise and loving to bring peace and justice in these days?
August 2 – Esther: Courage to Talk about Hard Things – Esther 4
Esther takes the brave risk of approaching the king in order to stop the massacre of the Jews. Standing up for what is right is never easy and often risky, but where do we recognize that we have to use our position for good and to lift others up?
August 9 – Nathan: Courage to Tell the Truth – 2 Samuel 12
Pastor Jon Osmundson speaking
Nathan courageously tells his best friend David the truth, after David does something deeply hurtful. Speaking truth to people who have done wrong is a delicate matter. What can we learn from Nathan about what it means to do this in love?
August 16 – Joseph: Courage to Use Your Actions – Matthew 1:18-23
Pastor Jon Osmundson speaking
Joseph bravely claims Mary as his wife and creates a home for their family, despite her unorthodox pregnancy. What does it look like for us to do what is right with our actions even if it goes against the expectations of society?