by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
A well-constructed story appeals to us all because everything that happens contributes to the whole, and we, most of us, often wish that all the events of our own lives contributed to some overall meaning in the same way. In Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton described how he eventually came to the conviction that all life was like a story – a grand adventure story. Adventure stories usually have some important goal that requires great dedication if it is to be achieved; they tell of the valor of loyal companions who face danger and endure losses in achieving that goal. Chesterton showed that this “life as adventure” theme is also present in the Christian understanding of life.
You and I express who we are in the form of the stories we tell about ourselves. We introduce ourselves to other people by telling them where we are from, where we were educated, who we know, whether we are married and have family, and sometimes, what our goals are, etc. We do this because our identity is achieved slowly, through time, and it cannot be expressed apart from an account of our specific passage through time. Let us remember those at Trinity who in 2014 passed from time-bound life to life eternal: Ed Abbott, Harry Bacas, Molly Benson, Carolyn Cheney, Susan Holmberg, David Martin, Doug Wakefield, Mary Alice Wakefield, and Jim Wykle.
You, I and all who worship with God at Trinity Church are on a grand adventure together. Only God knows what wonderful adventures lie ahead for us this year; what new faces will join our happy throng; what familiar faces will disappear from our earthly fellowship. We are all just passing through time. So, with full confidence that God knows where our journey leads, let’s embrace one another with an esprit de corps and enthusiasm for ministry together with Christ as we write our names on the pages of volume 2015 of the greatest story still being told.