Share the Joy!

Allow me to share with you some of my “takeaways” from the 125th Anniversary celebration. From the time I started pastoring here in 2011, I believe this event was the most organized and joyful celebration we have experienced. It took a spirit of sacrifice, cooperation, and hard work to make this happen! Most importantly, the Lord blessed our gatherings with His presence. I could sense His Spirit encouraging the people of Highway and Resurrection Life Church to continue to forge ahead in living for Jesus. The timely message from Dr. JoAnn challenged us to be “kingdom minded.” She reminded us that as much as we agree about honoring the past, we must take up the present responsibility to bring Jesus to the people around us. From the beginning in 1894, our church’s DNA has been evangelism and witnessing. If we cease to do this, we have lost our purpose. Our joyful 125th celebration was important to stir us up to keep obeying the Lord and saying “yes” every day to what He has called us to do. Monday night I met at police headquarters with the new police commissioner and about 150 chaplains. During her remarks, the commissioner said that there are two major concerns that keep her awake at night: the growing violence in Philadelphia and the drug epidemic. Keep in mind that as you and I go about our daily business, we will encounter hurting, lonely people. They may look fine on the outside, but, if we could hear their hearts, we would understand their fears. The Psalmist David described the condition of his soul at a time when he felt no one else cared: “Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life” (Psalm 142:4). Are we concerned for the victims of violence? Do we pray and reach out to those enslaved by addictions? May our 125th Anniversary bring encouragement and joy so that we may share the source of our hope—the Lord Jesus Himself. May no one we know have to say, “No one cares for my life.”

Pastor Mark Boucher