Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
(2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV)
A brand new year has begun. Not “The New Year,” where we convince ourselves, this is “The Year” I keep those resolutions. This is the year I lose those extra pounds. This is the year I kick that bad habit. This is the year I begin journaling, exercising, meditating, attending church regularly (ahem!), eating healthier, etc. “The New Year” starts January 1. The new year starts at different times for different folks. For some it has already started and for others it starts sometime after Labor day. Teachers, parents of school age children and church folk seem to feel its impact most. Summer break and “Summer Sabbath” comes to a close. School and church activities rev up.
For Cambridge, we are “Brand New.” (No, we didn’t build that new gym pastor has been praying for.) After almost three decades, we are unveiling a new brand. A new emblem or logo that reflects the corporate (as in a united group) vision we developed as a body of Christ. A vision whose foundation is built on four “connection” cornerstones.
Prayer Connection - “Pray continually,” wrote the Apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV). We began this vision with small prayer groups, and 21 days of prayer and fasting, and we have continued to focus on the imperativeness of prayer. In order to reach the heights God wants for us,everything needs to be bathed in prayer. Daily individual prayer, praying together as a community, prayer walking our schools & neighborhoods and regular reflective time, Bible study, meditation and fasting from addictive foods and behaviors are all ways to connect through prayer.
Congregation Connection – The Hebrew writer encouraged “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near (Hebrews 10: 24-25 NLT).” Our mission states that we are “a family in Christ.” We are called to pray for one another, serve one another, support one another, forgive one another and learn God’s word so that together, as a family in Christ, we can stand strong and build the body of Christ.
Community Connection – Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).” Another key component of our mission statement is “sharing God’s love with our neighbors near and far.” This “connection” has, and continues to, strengthen our church as we have come together in love to provide food & shelter for the homeless, shoes for kids, Wednesday night dinners, Thanksgiving baskets for families, and a host of other services and financial support for our community. Our “community” also extends to other parts of the state, nation and world. Adults, youth and children as well, continue to serve in the mission field - from local construction projects and life skills training, to medical assistance, to teaching and sharing the love of Jesus. The aforementioned ministries along with our regular nursing home parties, Vacation Bible School, Wednesday night TeamKid, youth activities and adult
Bible studies are bringing the love of Christ and the Word of God to our community.
Reconciliation Connection - “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7: 9 NLT).” As a body of Christ, we are called to racial reconciliation and multi-cultural inclusion. People of European and African descent, Hispanic, Asian and a beautiful blend of races and cultures make up our church family and those we minister to. God has set Cambridge in the midst of one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Richmond to be the hands, feet, heart and voice of Jesus Christ regardless of race, creed, color or cultural heritage.
We invite you to support and be part of a “Brand New” Cambridge.