We’re challenged by Christ to fulfill our vision and mission.
Our vision: “Every person touched by this parish is welcomed, valued and enriched in Christ.” This vision helps us participate in the mission of Jesus Christ. Christ came to this world 2000 plus years ago to make the connection between God’s love and people’s lives as they actually lived them out in their time. Christ especially welcomed anyone who was lost, excluded, or simply drifting.
This vision is a long-term, cultural evolution for each of us. People who become aware of it help us realize how vast a challenge this can be, especially because our society values its privacy, and we oftentimes live a segmented life. This vision breaks down barriers among people and helps us realize how pervasive Christ’s love is in every phase of our life – public and private.
As Christ gathered people around him, he invited them into discipleship with him – into a relationship with him that empowered them to make disciples of others. Today, and every day, Christ calls us into that same discipleship. To be disciples so that we are able to make disciples. Our vision helps us with this. When we welcome all who come through our doors, when we value one another, especially when we hear each other interpret how we live out the vision in a different manner, and when we come to the same table of God’s Word and Sacrament to be enriched in Christ, we will further the Kingdom of God in our corner of the world.