We are on a quest together. As we embark on a new chapter in the ministry of Rock Spring Church, as we get to know each other, and as we begin to grow in relationship with each other, we are working to position ourselves so
that we’re all facing in the same direction.
Our quest began by asking Who Is God? We are reminding ourselves whose church this is and who it is we serve. In our worship together so far, we have encountered a God who calls forth worlds out of nothingness, who called the mountains to rise up and the seas to gather in their appointed places; a God who sang, “Let there be!” — and here we are. We have experienced a parental God, who said, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms” (Hosea 11:3). We have seen a sovereign God who rules the universe and provides abundantly for all living things (Psalm 104). We have been in the presence of a God who defies definition, yet who dwells inside each one of us as the most powerful force of all: love. (See 1 John 4:7-12.)
These experiences have brought us face-to-face with a related question: Who are we? The answer began to emerge through the voice of the prophet Jeremiah. He was speaking to the people of Israel, who had become estranged from God. Through him God said, “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).
They shall be my people and I will be their God. This statement occurs over 20 times in the Bible! I believe it is God’s deepest desire. What God wants more than anything — is us. They shall be my people and I will be their God.
The life of our church depends entirely upon how we respond to God’s deepest desire. How do we, in every aspect of our life as a congregation, be the people of God? How do we tap into the abundant energy the Holy Spirit offers to us?
We will continue on this quest during our weekly worship services. Invite your friends and neighbors and join us every Sunday.
As we journey together, I invite you to pray this prayer every day. Let’s see where it leads us:
Show me your ways, O God,
Teach me your paths,
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation:
I wait for you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)
Together in Christ,
Rick Neale, Pastor
Pastor Rick Neale
Rick is serving as our contract-call pastor. He is a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA, and he has pastored churches in upstate New York and Miami, FL. After coming to Atlanta, he served as Chaplain for Oncology at Northside Hospital. His previous pastorate was at Church of the New Covenant in Doraville, GA.