New season and new beginnings l Worship
Last updated 3/13/2019 at Noon
The season of spring is a time of new birth, and new beginnings. As the temperature begins to change, a gardener prepares the soil that has been asleep during the winter months for planting.
Perhaps adding compost, water, and other sources of nutrient will create a strong foundation for the seed to come. In many ways this is the work that I have been doing as a Mission Developer pastor for almost three years among our Spanish Speaking neighbors in South Everett.
I believe, the slow and intentional work of building community begins with first developing a strong foundation of trust. This foundation begins with listening to another while building relationships where life stories of joys and struggles are shared.
This happens organically and is not forced. In conversations, and times of fellowship with another we find out things we have in common, dreams, hopes for our kids and ourselves.
If we wait long enough, we might entrust someone with our deepest fears, worries, and questions about faith and God. To gain someone’s trust takes time. To let our guard down enough to believe that someone cares about us and doesn’t just want something from us takes time, and work.
With planting as with community building if we take shortcuts or speed the process without building trust the life of this community may be short-lived. I believe in the power of community, in the power of knowing and being known.
In a world where we expect instant success in whatever we do, it is enticing to skip certain steps to achieve the desired goal more quickly. When building a Christian centered community preparing a strong foundation built on trust is essential for the development that will follow. Three years later, as a mission based on faith and hope we will continue to build this foundation of trust.
Now that we have built a certain credibility in our community, we’re ready to begin offering opportunities for personal growth and learning for all ages this Spring and Summer. New life and new beginnings. This is a very exciting time to be part of the Everett community.
Rev. Arhiana Shek Dill is pastor of Mission Congregation, Iglesia Luterana Fe y Esperanza, in Everett.