Congregational Church of the Chimes        
                                                      Our vision:
Walking together in Faith, Fellowship and Service...
                                     expressing hope and experiencing God's love.

Join us as we worship together Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

We invite you to join us this Sunday, May 8, 2016
  Reverend Rae Perteet, Senior Minister will be preaching
"My Mother Was A Titan"
Happy Mother's Day !

Children's Message in worship with Nursery care and Sunday School available for all ages.

Now faith is...

"On Belay!" were the words I heard yelled from behind me. "ARE YOU CERTAIN?" are the words I wanted to yell in return as I prepared for my first rock climbing experience. The moment I heard those two words, there was a real sudden jolt of fear.  I was now committed to trusting the alert mind and skillful hands of the one holding the rope attached to my harness. To be truthful, it was not easy for me to trust.   However, guess what? -  I made it safely up the rough and rugged terrain to the top. 

In our spiritual journey with God, it too, is not always easy to trust.  However, this is where faith comes in; but what is faith?  The apostle Paul's said that, "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)  Wow, faith is the evidence of things you cannot see.  That day as I climbed the wall, I was tempted to continue glancing behind me; making sure the Belayer was ready to do his part supporting me in case my foot slipped.   I soon realized that I could not continue moving forward if I was paralyzed by fear and constantly looking behind me.  I just needed to trust. 

In life, God is constantly challenging us to soar to new heights which may mean navigating through tough and difficult terrains. 
It can be extremely difficult to take that initial step of faith or to continuing climbing with life is tough.  Thoughts bombard us like, "what if I fail?","I've never done that before”, "What will others think?"  However, it is rarely advisable to take counsel of your fears. 


The truth is - you will fail.  You will stumble and slip at times.  But, it is at these moments when our faith in the skillful hands of the One who holds us up is stretched the most.  The Book of Proverbs simply states it this way: "No matter how many times [they trip], God-loyal people don't stay down long; Soon they're up on their feet.” (Proverbs 24:16).  In this life, we will slip.  However, though we may slip or stubble at times, we will not utterly fall because the Lord has promised to hold us up with his skillful hands.  


We are each on a precarious journey of faith but continuing to climb is the only way for our lives to reach the summit of purpose.  Today, the inward voice of God bids us to climb higher towards purpose and destiny.  Today, if you are deciding whether to climb higher or remain comfortable where you are, should you choose to be still and quite enough to just listen; you can almost hear the Spirit calling out, "On Belay!"


Remaining in His Promises,
Rev. Rae

… Come check out our new dynamic sermon series on Growth April 17th – June 5th.

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