One of the favorite hymns we sing in church is, “I Love to Tell the Story.” You know it well. It’s the story of Jesus and his love. We love to tell this story, and re-tell it over and over again, because the more we repeat it, the more “wonderfully sweet it is” to our ears. The Gospel is old news, we say, but it is no news if it isn’t shared. And, even though the Gospel is old news, it remains good news for followers over time and distance. That’s what the word “Gospel” means. Good news.
As the hymn goes, it’s the old, old story which becomes a “new, new song.” We get “into” the story of Jesus so that his story gets into us as well. His story becomes our story. I just love to listen to your story of your journey with Jesus. Each Sunday I look over the congregation and wonder about why you are here this morning. I bet you have a story to tell! You and I are there in worship on Sundays for many reasons, but primarily to be nearer to Jesus. You aren’t there to listen to boyhood stories of my growing up years. No, you want to listen to the stories of Jesus.
With the church year starting in September, we invite God’s Spirit to help us lean forward in hopeful anticipation. We will faithfully seek to recall our church’s past, prayerfully examine our community’s life, and willingly engage in the necessary changes that life brings. Once again this fall we welcome God’s presence to blow afresh, opening our hearts and minds to receive the new vision God has for us.
The story we love to tell will have new verses to sing! I’m looking forward to a church year that is Gospel-filled. And filled with each of you.