Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:25 NIV)
Dear Cambridge Family & Friends,
Almost every day I drive by the NOVA Aquatics center on my way to church. I have been driving past it regularly from the day it opened back in 1997. One of the coaches is my neighbor and our daughters were best friends as children. (We still have the names of their little boyfriends mysteriously written in marker under our dining room table) They would swim together and each season would collectively collect dozens of ribbons; his daughter almost exclusively blue First Place ribbons and mine, mostly those gray “Thank you for participating” ribbons.
For almost 20 years I have been impressed by the commitment of both children and adults as even during the wee hours of the morning the parking lot is full. Cars arrive early and depart late so kids can dive into the chilly waters of the pool. (At one point, I was a ‘NOVA Fit’ member so I can verify, “It’s cold!” unless, you’re logging in lots of laps). Often during the weekend (including Sunday morning) the place is packed with dozens and dozens of swimmers meeting and competing. This commitment has yielded some impressive results – championships, scholarships, Olympic trials and Olympic medalists to name a few.
Right after the Summer Olympics, NOVA put up a big banner featuring a picture of Olympic Gold Medalist and former NOVA swimmer Townley Haas. The banner reads ‘NOVA Proud!’ The aquatics center undoubtedly takes pride in its role in developing this Olympic hero, but I will also tell you over the years the coaches, staff, board, patrons and parents are also proud of the young men and women who have set and accomplished some of their athletic goals – even if that initial goal was just learning how to swim.
This year as we kicked off the new school year with so many children following our summer activities and ministries, I found myself ‘Cambridge Proud.’ We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to help these young folks accomplish many spiritual goals – even if that initial goal is just learning about Jesus and the importance of prayer. We also need our young folks, our visitors and even each other to see our commitment to Jesus and His body called Cambridge Baptist Church. One of the greatest impacts we can have is just making that commitment to attend worship and Wednesday nights regularly and to set our time as the Hebrew writer notes “meeting together” and “encouraging one another” as a priority amidst our many obligations and desires. Like the commitment NOVA members make to achieve success, our commitment to a vibrant well-attended church has a vital impact on our success and everyone who walks through our doors – guests, members, lay leaders, ministers and even the pastor.
The more I’ve thought and prayed about it, as important as it is to be ‘Cambridge Proud,’ our meeting together and encouraging one another does not only impact our church, but our community, country and world. Our church, our community, our country and our world need to know more than ever that we are ‘Jesus Proud,’ i.e. honored by the privilege to worship and serve with the incredible and collective gifts He has given us. I want to encourage you to truly kick off your commitment in October if you’ve not yet made church attendance and service a priority. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can achieve a prize, as the Bible notes, that will not fade away like an Olympic medal, but that will last forever!
In Him alone,
Cambridge Baptist Church