Dear First Pres,

   Have you noticed all the sending we've been doing in worship lately? We sent the Men's Mexico Build Team (if you didn't see the story of their trip, click here ), the Reformation Tour Choir, and the Albania mission team. This Sunday we're going to be sending folks again. It feels like we're sending people every Sunday... and I LOVE it! In John 20:21, Jesus says, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." Thus, every follower of Christ is a sent one of God. And, when we send particular mission teams during our worship services, it should remind us of that incredibly important truth.

   We are sent ones. We are sent by Jesus in the same way that His Father sent Him. That means that we're sent to be in the world; we're sent to be the salt of the earth and the light in the darkness. We're sent to be in relationship with the people God puts in our lives. We're sent to make manifest the Kingdom of God in our community. And we're sent to make disciples for the redeeming transformation of our city and world. First Presbyterian Church, if you are in Christ, you are a sent one of Jesus.

   So, what does that mean for you today? How does that impact your life this weekend? How does it intersect with your expectations for the coming year? For Jesus it meant living each day in perfect submission to the Father. He went where the Father told Him to go, said what the Father told Him to say, healed who the Father told Him to heal, etc. Jesus did what the Father wanted Him to do because it was the Father who sent Him. In the same way, in Christ, the Spirit has been given to empower us to do what Jesus wants us to do. 

   As we pray for another set of missionaries being sent from our church this Sunday, may it indeed inspire us to live as His sent ones every day, wherever we are, for His glory.