Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
It is good to be back with you this morning. We had a very nice and relaxing family vacation, and the best part was when my phone didn’t ring!
We didn’t do anything particularly special this year, just hung out together and did some little day adventures here and there which kept us as busy as we wanted to be.
There’s just something about getting away for a bit which helps you reflect, which helps you reenergize, which even helps you to prioritize things in a new way when you return.
I feel like this has been particularly good vacation for me this year. It’s been good for me to get away and unplug from life in the church, to spend time with my family, and to relax.
As a result, I’m back, I’m refreshed, and I’m ready to continue on this journey God is calling us on.
But what of this journey? What is it we are doing as churches? What is it that grants us the permission to stand out as something (or someone) different in the world today?