“Open” is an evocative word. Just think of the power of its opposite: “closed.” Who enjoys hearing that anything is “closed?” That class in which you wanted to enroll? Closed. That restaurant you just drove up to? Closed. The circuit of that surveillance camera? Closed. Ok, that last one’s a little obscure, implying danger and the need for security, but you get the point.
“Open” is good news, evoking warmth, generosity, invitation, transparency, hospitality, freedom . . . and for fans of the band Journey, “Open Arms.” This Sunday we begin a series called “Open Hands, Open Doors, Open Hearts.” All that we are has been given to us as gift. In turn, we give ourselves away. This is the way of cruciform love and resurrection life, in all that we do, are and have.
Brian Murphy will kick it off Sunday with “Open Hands,” looking at what it means to live the open-handed life in all that we do. The following week, “Open Doors” we will look at what it means to live an open-door life of hospitality and outreach. And then we’ll finish with “Open Hearts”, looking at what it means for financial generosity to flow, not just from disciplined obedience, but also from hearts overflowing with gospel gratitude. Please be in prayer about your annual pledges, which we will bring in celebration on February 12.
Don’t miss the Hoecake Hoedown (see below), a Christ Church fun favorite . . . bring your friends who don’t have a church home!