Pastor Puls' Reflection...The Hope Mosiac
One of the treasured objects from my childhood is a small mosaic cross. I remember making it as a craft project in VBS or Sunday School, when I was a little boy growing up at my home church. I keep this cross on a shelf in my office, but it also has a special place in my heart.
My mosaic cross is simple and uncomplicated. It has no place in an art museum, to be sure. It does, however, remind me of a fundamental truth about the church of Christ on earth – and especially about Hope Lutheran Church.
Our congregation is a mosaic. Hope is made up of a wide variety of people, from varying backgrounds and ethnicities. We came to the Wake Forest area from all parts of this country, and from many other nations. Our vocations, hobbies, families, talents, personalities, and church experiences are all different … and, yet, God has fashioned us into something that’s awesomely beautiful. What an interesting assemblage of souls that God has gathered together here at Hope!
Just as all the tiles on my handmade art project fit together to form a cross and to convey a message, so do the people of Hope fit together to carry out a mission for Jesus. Our Lord has placed us in this community, and gathered us into this congregation, to do his work!
This “church on a hill” is making a positive and profound impact on many, many people who live and work in the neighborhoods nearby. It’s not the sign out front, though, that’s doing that. It’s not the building, either. It’s you! It’s every single one of us allowing God to put us – like the individual mosaic tiles – to work for a glorious purpose. We are bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ, in word and deed, to people in our corner of God’s world.
If you’re looking for a place to belong, and for a sense of purpose in your heart, please join us. The mosaic of Hope Lutheran Church will grow in beauty, with you as an active part of God’s design. Please let me, or any of our staff members, know if we can help you find your place in the Hope mosaic!
Pastor Wayne Puls