“Dare To Dream – Again: Grow In Faith” – May 1, 2022

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 9:30 am
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"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekend blessings, SDUMC Family,

This Sunday, we'll begin a new sermon series Dare To Dream - Again. After finding numerous ways to pivot over these last twenty-six months, it's time to look and listen for God's dreams for each of us and SDUMC. For the next four weeks, we will be looking at some of the dream passages in the Bible and how they speak to our lives. I pray that this series, hearing the passages from Scripture, and our prayers will lead us into a discernment and dreaming period for SDUMC.

I'm reminded of an interview on one of the morning shows. A reporter interviewed Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest. After talking with him about the accomplishment, the reporter brought up a comment made by a critic. The person had criticized Weihenmayer for being reckless. His chances of success were so small; had he failed, it would have put rescuers at risk trying to save him. When asked, "What is your response?" Weihenmayer said, "Well, I'd say my critic may have sight but lacks vision."

What an excellent response. If we live by sight, we will dare very little, but if we pursue the vision, we will dare to dream and ask, "God, what do you want to do through my life (also, my church's life) right now?" I hope you will join me and add that question to your daily prayer life. As we continue to emerge from a season that has dramatically blurred the future, may we remember the future is not blurry to God. God stands ready to reveal and guide those who seek to dream. Sight gets us through the day. Vision gives us hope for tomorrow.

I look forward to Worshiping with you this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary with the Choir, Special Music, and Communion), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel).

P.S. Don't forget this is a Share The Table Sunday. Please bring some non-perishable items to share with our North County neighbors on this Communion Sunday weekend.

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