Saturday, April 12
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The Presbytery of Central Washington
Five years ago Kennewick First Presbyterian Church committed to a presbytery-led mission-visioning process involving three years of study in order to discern, in the words of the congregation’s strategic plan, “what we will become.” The opening line of Kennewick First’s current vision statement succinctly summarizes its answer: “Daily becoming the heart and hands of Jesus Christ.” This vision informs everything the congregation does.
God gifts us all with the potential to fulfill that vision—and whatever particular visions God may show us. Our gift back to God is what we do with that potential. Konrad Adenauer was correct when he stated, “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” That is, we see what we are prepared to see. Actually, we first believe it, and then we see it. We see a little shepherd boy, but God saw King David. We see a rough and salty fisherman, yet God saw Peter as the leader of the early church.
There is a story about a bishop who many years ago paid a visit to a small religious college. He stayed at the home of its president, who also served as professor of physics and chemistry. After dinner, the bishop declared that almost everything about nature had been discovered and all inventions conceived. The young college president politely disagreed and said he thought there would be many more discoveries. When the angered bishop challenged the president to name just one such invention, the president said he thought men would fly in 50 years. The bishop laughed. The bishop’s surname was Wright, and he had two boys at home, Orville and Wilbur, who would prove to have a greater vision than their father. They lived under the same sky but didn’t have the same horizon.
The Presbytery of Central Washington ’s 37 congregations have 5,472 total members.
They excitedly watch Kennewick First becoming the “heart and hands of Jesus Christ.”
—G. David Lambertson, former presbytery executive
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Ever-present God, help us to see today with the heart of Jesus the needs of those around us. And may our hands always be helping in Jesus’ name. Amen.