26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.
Greetings and peace my friends!
I would like to join my voice with the voices of so many within our community of faith to thank Vicar Jamie Edelman for sharing such a wonderful message with us this past weekend. For those of you who did not have an opportunity to hear our Vicar’s message, she shared that it took incredibly Bold Faith on the part of Peter to follow Jesus’ invitation to step out of that boat. She then shared with us that Jesus invites each one of us to have bold faith and share in the proclamation of God’s love with the world.
Today I thought it would be fun to share with you just a small sampling of the “bold faith” that I bear witness to in our community of faith.
Last week a brother in Christ in our community prepared and shared a lunch and water with a utility worker whose truck broke down near his house and was waiting for repairs during a hot and steamy summer day. “Bold Faith.”
The picture above is taken from one of our sisters in Christ who publicly shares messages of hope, peace in love in her community through sidewalk art. Each time it rains and the water washes “her canvas” she lovingly prepares another message. “Bold Faith.”
A young person in our community of faith is now actively engaged in creating a “walk up” food pantry for those in the area who may need food. “Bold Faith.”
A grand daughter in seeing her grandmother for the first time in four months joyfully ran into her grandmother’s arms before anyone could her and gave her a big kiss. “Bold Faith.”
A sister in Christ who serves on our Home Communion Ministry team calls the sisters and brothers in Christ who she normally brings Holy Communion to on a weekly basis to make sure that they are doing well. “Bold Faith.”
A brother in Christ continues to work on Habitat for humanity houses, while others within our community of faith continue to serve local food pantries and feeding ministries throughout the city of Bethlehem. “Bold Faith.”
Indeed our Lord calls us all to have a “Bold Faith” joining Christ in sharing the great love that God has for the world and how we enact that “Bold faith” is as different as each person who hears Christ’s invitation. Remember, “Bold Faith” is only available to us because our Lord has promised to “have our back!” God promises to support and encourage us in our times of prosperity and in our times of human failings!
Our God is good, and we have each been blessed by our God to be blessings in the world around us! What actions of “Bold Faith” have you borne witness to in the recent weeks?
Keep Trusting God, keep washing those hands, and be at peace with our Lord and with one another as you share your Bold Faith with the world!