The gospels are filled with stories of a world of unpredictability, suspicion, and hardened thoughts and hearts. Into this arena Jesus reaches out in trust. He calls the sick, the poor, those too certain of their own rightness, and those who feel too unworthy of trust. The journey eventually takes us to the hard wood of the cross, where trust is betrayed—only to berestoredby the God whose faithfulness is to be trusted. And through God’s transformative faithfulness new community is begun, enabling us to trust.
The story of Saint Andrew’s Church, Lambertville, a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, is the story of a people constantly learning to trust. Founded sixty years before the American Revolution as Saint Andrew’s Amwell, and renewed in the nineteenth century by the Oxford Movement, this modern-day congregation finds the center of its life around the font, the altar, and the Word broken open. We’re shaped through intentional worship and prayer, common work, service to others, and, often, playing together—an adaptation of the rule of Benedict.
A people of wide diversity, we frequently ask, "What does it mean to be church?" Posing this question and engaging its challenge to us, we’re discovering, is not a betrayal of trust but rather leads to a richer understanding of God’s grace-filled possibilities.
Learning to trust calls each of us to reach out and participate in the ministry of a trusting God.
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