Lord, what do You want to do through me?
The More than Bricks campaign prayer appears simple on the surface, but praying it daily is giving us an exciting vision for Trinity Parish.
Along with improvements seen on our historic campus, More Than Bricks will fund our new Trinity North Campus in Florida’s fastest growing community: World Golf/Silver Leaf. Two hundred thousand people are coming to Northwest St. Johns County and there isn’t a church like Trinity within thirty miles of its strategic intersection of SR16, SR16A and Silver Leaf Parkway.
What do I mean by a church like Trinity? I mean a place that for two hundred years has sat on our community’s critical intersection as a beacon of light and hope – a place where the Holy Spirit is experienced in beauty and power. A place where biblical teaching meets sacramental worship. church that uses the practices of the first Christians to form disciples to live in an ever-changing world. But more than a place, a people – a people who both care for their own and reach out their hands in love toward their neighbor.
At Trinity we have been sharing the faith and forming the faithful for two centuries. Trinity North launches us into our third century in a way that is not only courageous but wise – like the 61 year old missionary Andrew Fowler who planted Trinity in 1821 during a yellow fever epidemic. Courageous and wise like the elderly ladies who led Cheyenne warriors to Christ at Fort Marion, giving us our first Native American Episcopal Saint, David Pendleton Oakerhater. Courageous and wise like our predecessors who built a church to hold 300 in a city with only a thousand people, who expanded our property in the 1950’s and 60’s giving us land for family ministry, offices, and parking, and who twenty-some years ago bought Trinity Square for a fellowship Hall funded by rent paying tenants. At the time seen by some as a boondoggle, it is now valued over $12 million dollars and produces income for the church. Our Trinity North Campus will have a campus of Trinity Episcopal Learning Center (TELC) preschool and coffee house producing income streams to support Gospel work.
This is about “More than Bricks” – it is our next step in fulfilling God’s bold vision for Trinity – where lives are transformed, families flourish, and disciples are equipped to love their neighbors and serve the world. Many of those moving here do not yet know Jesus Christ. As disciples of Jesus we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in our world and to share His love. I believe God has great things in store for us and for them!
In the coming days will you and your family please consider your response to the prayer, “Lord, what do You want to do through me?”
Matt Marino, Rector