July 30, 2021

Well...I've Gone and Done It

A few years ago, I was wearing a ball cap that didn’t have a logo on it - no team name or place stitched on it.  The hat was just blank.  And someone asked me what I was trying to say with a hat that didn’t say anything.  “Well. . .” I said, “I guess I’m not trying to say anything at all.”
 
You know, what we wear or display can say a lot about who we are and what we want people to know about us.  For example, I know that there are people who will put just about any sticker on their car and a few who will completely cover their cars with stickers, but I’m not really one of those people.  I have a sticker from my university (Go Bears!) and from Montreat in North Carolina (a place that I love), but don’t have much of anything else.
 
Well, I’ve gone and done it. . .  I have taken the nice car sticker that was given to me (and sent out to all of you) by our Parish Life Committee and have actually put it on my car.  Wherever I go, people will see “Bedford Presbyterian Church.”  I guess I won’t be able to cut people off in traffic anymore (not that I did much of that before I put the sticker on).  I’ll also need to think twice about speeding and/or driving recklessly.  Instead, I wonder if it is possible to drive in an “invitational” way.  
 
A long time ago, I remember a bumper sticker that said, “Follow me to Church!” and it had the name of the church listed there.  I guess these new stickers for BPC are kind of like that.  It is my hope that people who see these stickers will want to know more about our church but that they will also get a sense of what our church is about by who is driving the car (and how they’re driving).  What we wear and display can say a lot about us.  But how we live. . . this is what matters most of all.  
 
This week, when I drive up to spend time with our Maine Recovery Team, I’m proud that a Bedford Presbyterian Church sticker will be on my car.  I’m also proud, though, of the many ways our congregation is seeking to be invitational in how we live - inviting all people to come to know the love of God in how we live.  
 
See you in church!
 
Grace and Peace,
 
John
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