Home is here with you

Heart of the Rockies, a new church start in 1993, has been my home church ever since.

I once heard a sermon from a pastor who grew up an orphan and then went from foster home to another.  When he gave this sermon, he had recently been married.  He said that after the wedding, he felt like he had finally found a home.

When I, as a single person, started attending and then joined Heart of the Rockies, I felt the same feeling of finally finding a home.  I felt a warm welcome then and have developed strong and enduring friendships through the many years that I have been a member of Heart of the Rockies.

That is what a powerful influence our church family as had on my life. Supporting new church starts definitely has the potential of impacting many lives, making Loving God. Serving others. Changing Lives. a true reality.

Written by Sharon Kunze

The sermon I needed to hear

I have the best job in the world.

One of the greatest privileges of being a pastor is witnessing congregants living out their lives of faith in significant, concrete ways.

Last Sunday, I arrived at the church for worship in despair. It had been a devastating week in the world. I had prepared yet another sermon that felt risky yet inadequate. There was an overstuffed suitcase in the backseat of my car, signaling my imminent departure for a weeklong writing workshop that I was more than anxious about.

The moment I left the sanctuary of my office, I was bombarded with questions.

“Hey, can I talk to you after worship about this idea I have?” Donna asked me. (The name is not changed, and you’ll see why.)

For once, I actually said the first thing that came to mind – a rarity for introverts, you know.

“No.”

No, I don’t have time. I’m leaving right after worship to have coffee with some of our new folks and then I’m headed straight to the airport to fly to Ohio for a workshop.

Donna persisted.

She followed me into the main office as I was grabbing tape for someone else.

“I need to ask you this now,” she insisted.

Donna then proceeded to unravel this beautifully knit together plan that involved applying for a grant to work together with people of color in our community on a service project that would foster relationships and impact the lives of those who benefit from the work we did side-by-side.

Wow.

Thank God I showed up to worship that morning, because that was the sermon I needed to hear.