Ecclesiastes 3.1 reminds us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”. Seasons change and we find ourselves in the midst of wonderful change at Scott. As seasons change, we see a release as well as recla-mation of some old ways and the adoption of new ways. This is a time to refresh, renew, and refocus on the plans God has for this congregation. In this new season, it is my hope that Scott will work toward greater unity while embracing diversity, seek ministry synergies to build momentum, and encourage clear, heartfelt communication as we make the healing grace of God real.

As we embark on this new season, we must work toward a living unity while making space for diversity. Living unity is not uniformity but dynamic engagement that recognizes the value and need for all of our unique gifts. It thrives on intergenerational and multicultural awareness that seeks interaction among individuals and communities. We must create an atmosphere of invitation where all individuals and families may grow and flourish. All must be able to discover God’s promises for their individual and our collective lives and work together for God’s purposes.

In this new season, we must seek ministry synergies to build momentum for renewal and growth. We must be willing to shift our focus from maintaining the status quo to actively pursuing the missional purpose that God commands. By our baptism, we are all ministers in the world and commissioned by Christ to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). It is time to move the church beyond the familiar walls of comfort to reach the unchurched or formerly churched.

In this new season, we must be willing to engage in uncommon dialogue bringing forth truth in love. We must embrace all of our history to understand who we are, how we arrived where we are, and to map where we are going. It is only through seeking to understand and sharing truth that we may find clarity, healing, and meaningful direction for sustainability and growth. Clear, heartfelt communication makes space for greater understanding and the healing grace of God.

We can do none of these things if we are not centered to God, living by the example of Christ, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. God is calling us to consider uncommon views and to think differently in this new season. I pray that we may collaboratively work together loving one another so the kingdom of God may come on earth as it is in heaven. To God be the glory.

Rev. Lynn Miller Jackson