Raise the Sails
By Tianna Riemer
This past week, Tianna shared with the rest of the staff something that God had impressed upon her heart and we asked her to share it with the church family on Sunday morning. In case you missed it, here is what she said...
A letter to SBC - August 6, 2017
Well, here we are SBC, between lead pastors, navigating seas in uncharted territory.
This is exciting. It can also be unsettling and perhaps even a bit scary. Together we will sail on trusting that God's plan for us is good and Jesus is right here in the boat with us. If you are new to us, to God, to this whole church thing, welcome to our current adventure. We are a bunch of messy people who are seeking truth, purpose, God and the joy, light and love that He brings. Something like that is probably what brought you here. Or maybe you were just promised lunch.
Churches can be frustrating sometimes. Flawed people trying to show God's love imperfectly can cause some upheaval and sometimes do more damage than good. We get that. We confess that. And what church is supposed to look like varies from person to person. But we can all agree that there's something about Jesus, something that pulls us in. His church is part of him. We believe that this place of community is where we can gain a better understanding of him and love together in a way we cannot do alone.
We pray you all feel you have a place here: a place to be loved, to be free, to be poured into and to pour out.
We are all in this together. In his letter to the Galatian church that was being told God was only accessible to certain people or only if they did certain things, Paul said, “In Jesus we are all one.” A prayer warrior and one of the youth, a nursery volunteer and a member of the leadership board, a tired mom and a prayer pal, Jack and the guys who lock up each night, you and me. We are all one. The Spirit can lead any of us and all of us; give wisdom and insights to the least expected and I am so grateful for that.
But I will say don't expect perfection. It's not going to happen. Instead let's see every crack in our vessel as an opportunity for grace to seep in. The truth is we don't tend to see the grace unless it's needed. It's God's mercy that He allows us to remain flawed untill the day we die. So let's be thankful for this place where we can give and receive grace. Let's count it all as joy and raise the sails.