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Synod Assembly 2019-06-13T14:21:34-05:00

Faithful + Bold + Serving

Let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for God, who made the promise, is faithful.  (Hebrews 10.23 NRSV/KDBD)

God is faithful. God keeps God’s promises – of love, hope, peace, forgiveness, justice, mercy, welcome, salvation. God’s faithfulness comes to us most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God is faithful; the cross is God’s ultimate testimony to God’s love for us – which is faithful, bold, serving.  

Because God is faithful, our hope is not in vain. When we hope in God, we can do so unwaveringly. Even when we doubt, even when we sin, even when our hope falters, the cross is God’s assurance that God is always faithful. God has made the promise – to everyone in every place and in every time. And God has always kept the promise. The cross is God’s faithful promise. So, we hope. Not wish, but hope. Grounded in God’s promises, which are steadfast and faithful.

This year’s Synod Assembly theme builds on the new Virginia Synod Vision of Faithful + Bold + Serving. Since, then, we have such a hope [through Christ Jesus], we act with great boldness (2 Corinthians 3.12). Grounded in God’s bold faithfulness to humanity and empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we respond to God’s gift of grace with bold and servant faith, with faithful and servant boldness, and with faithful and bold serving.