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Preparing for the Unknown

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

July 16, 2020

Here comes another good quote out of Tod Bolsinger’s Canoeing the Mountains. This time he’s quoting an author named Margaret Wheatley who wrote a piece entitled “When Change is Out of Our Control.” (The title makes it sound like it was written for today, doesn’t it? She wrote this in 2002!) Here is what she writes:

“It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.”

Three things come to mind as I read these words. The first is how well-prepared Immanuel is in this regard! In my phone calls, zooms, and committee meetings, I keep observing the quality of relationships that we have with each other—you care for each other, you work hard together, you work well together, you think and speak highly of each other, you know and trust each other. Together we can navigate the unknown with confidence. (I hope you don’t get tired of my saying what a great community Immanuel is!)

The second thought is this: We need to keep our relationships with each other a priority. The writer to the Hebrews puts this way, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10.23-25). Continue making choices that strengthen the quality of our relationships— praying for each other; sending (and receiving!) phone calls, texts, and emails; attending our various online gatherings (see below); looking for creative ways of connecting and caring; signing up for the kids’ Driveway Devotionals and encouraging your teens to connect with Jordan and the other youth.

Your Vestry and Move Team are aware, of course, that coming together in person is a vital part of living out Hebrews 10.23-25. We continue making choices to move us forward into that future. With regard to regathering, we’re planning a pilot outdoor spoken Eucharist for the Vestry, which will give shape to an outdoor service for Immanuel. We’re also exploring several new physical spaces where, God willing, we can worship together until our building is ready. Speaking of which, by the time you read this Chloellen (co-chair of the Move Team) and I will have met with the architect, engineer, and general contractor, providing me with increased understanding and direction for our “mission outpost” on Hoadly Road.

My third thought…I’ll share next week! Until then, continue praying with me through the Spirit, “Abba. Father. I belong to you.” as both praise and plea. We do so as daughters and sons, confident that our Father and Older Brother will continue providing what is needed for the life of Immanuel Anglican Church.

Your Pastor in Christ,



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