When stopping by a pond, if you’re not so good at skipping rocks, then we can all be assured of our ability to toss a rock in and create a ripple effect. It doesn’t matter what size of rock it is, small or large, concentric circles appear, growing larger and larger . . . until we can’t see them any longer.

Though it appears that they’re gone, their impact is still very much there. From those concentric circles, movement and waves were created and the power created from the rock dropped in the water has been let loose.

Jesus gave the disciples the instructions to go out and create a ripple effect:

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

And then, from the ripple effect, the power of God’s love is let loose. After Jesus faced temptations (Luke 4:1-15), a “report about Jesus spread through all the surrounding country.” There was no stopping what had been let loose.

When we feel weighed down by bad news, I encourage us not to underestimate the power of Good News, the power of generosity, to create a ripple effect that is unstoppable.

Thank you for being a part of this Ripple Effect for good.

Pastor Kim will be leading worship on Saturday evening and I will be leading on Sunday. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

 

See you in worship,

Pastor Kathy

This Week in Worship – October 20 & 21, 2018