October 8, 2014 | 12:44 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

In the Midst of New Directions

This Sunday we reveal the top three beliefs that are difficult for West Enders. We’ve dedicated a lot of thought and time into preparing this series and I’m so excited about our collective conversation between Pastors/congregation/Scripture/tradition/experience/God.

I’m aware when we begin to “get honest” many emotions may arise. Yes, the truth shall set us free, but sometimes truth can be scary to address. The journey of faith for a Christian requires a commitment to self-reflection and prayerful attentiveness to God’s movements. When we begin to address beliefs that we’ve held onto for years and begin looking at them honestly, thinks shift in our soul. We may feel freedom, we may feel anxious, or we may feel a new awakening in our faith.

As we begin our series, I want to offer this hymn as a prayer for us to spiritually lean on. It is one of my favorite hymns that reminds me of the journey of faith can take us in directions we might not have originally expected and that in the midst of new directions, God is there always leading God’s people in grace and mercy.

The hymn is called In the Midst of New Directions written by Julian Rush (1985):

Verse 1
In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways, Who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways?

Refrain
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

Verse 2
Through the flood of starving people, warring factions and despair, Who will lift the olive branches? Who will light the flame of care?

Verse 3
As we stand a world divided by our own self-seeking schemes, Grant that we, your global village, might envision wider dreams.

Verse 4
We are man and we are woman, all persuasions, old and young,
Each a gift in your creation, each a love song to be sung.

Verse 5
Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to withdraw in pain,
May your blazing phoenix spirit resurrect the church again.