Inspired by Our Past
Kierkegaard said that “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” As we begin a new sermon series about find purpose in life, we must begin by taking stock of our past.
As a congregation we have an incredibly rich and long spiritual legacy in the city that goes back to 1628. Russell Shorto recently wrote a piece in The New York Times about our legacy. He says that “In founding New Amsterdam in the 1620s, the Dutch planted the seeds for the city’s remarkable flowering.” Our congregation was founded by the Dutch during that time and helped create the DNA of what would become New York City.
While considering our past, it has me wondering how God is calling us to help the “flowering” of the city today. This inspires me to dream big. I doubt our founders had an inkling of what would become of their work, and who knows what God will do through ours!
As we enter a new year, let’s allow our past to inspire our future!