Yesterday was June 1, 2017.
On that day last year, I officially began my work toward a new community of faith in North Oshawa.
I remember that morning well. I was so excited to start. This was the first day of a grand adventure that I felt God had been leading me towards for years. So, I woke up, got everyone ready for the day, and went down to my newly-finished home office in my basement.
I sat down at my desk. And then I stood up. I went back upstairs and stood in front of my husband and said, “What am I supposed to do?”
Sometimes big ideas have very small beginnings.
When I think about that day, I’m amazed at what God has done in the last twelve months. Exactly one year after we packed up all our belongings onto a moving truck and left Seattle, we had our first Core Team meeting. We now have a team of seven incredibly gifted, passionate people who are saying “yes” to God’s call together. Our church has a name - Ecclesia, which is the Greek word Jesus used in the Bible for the church and literally means “the called out ones.” And, together, we have some big dreams and goals for how Ecclesia might embody God’s Kingdom and showcase His love to our neighbours in North Oshawa - and now we’re putting some concrete action plans in place to help meet those goals.
All just twelve months after that first day, when I had no idea what to do.
I remember what I did do that day, though. I sat down and made a list. I wrote down a full page of ideas of where to begin. I wrote down things like neighbourhood block parties, Little Free Libraries, people to invite for coffee, the types of people I hoped to meet. I read Scripture, I prayed. And then I think I unpacked a few more boxes in our new house.
In Luke 10:27, Jesus agrees to a summary of all of Scripture with these words: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.” That first day, I wanted to take those words seriously. I wanted to pour myself into them. And now, we who are part of the very beginnings of Ecclesia want to pour ourselves into those words - together. I can’t say that I’ve always done this well, and that I haven’t made mistakes. And I guarantee that our little church won’t always do this well, either. But, my prayer is that as we live our lives together as God’s Ecclesia, we will continue to strive to love God and love our neighbour with everything we are.
Even on the days when we’re not sure what to do.