NEWS & NOTES
As our nation wrestles with how to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct, the church has an important role to play. We are the people of a God who hears the broken-hearted and enters into their stories. Please take a moment to read this important and personal note from Pastor Confesor.
I am a sexual abuse survivor. I have no physical evidence to support this claim. I have no collaborating witness to back me up. All I have is my story.
In most cases, that is all victims of sexual abuse have, their stories! It is a painful story that plays itself out almost every single day of our lives. That event or events have altered the trajectory of our lives in ways that we can’t even imagine. In many cases, the reality of what was done to us is so painful and difficult for others to understand that we can feel forced into secrecy.
I kept my secret hidden for decades from everyone I knew and from everyone I loved. The accuser Satan loves this. It is in these hidden places that he wreaks havoc. He further distorts our view of ourselves, of God, and of other people. He pours into the open wounds of our hearts a sense of shame, guilt, and filthiness. He has no mercy!
Our deep desire here at The Painted Door is to provide room and space for victims of sexual abuse to share their story in whatever venue they desire. Whether that be in a private one-on-one setting or in a public testimonial. We value your stories. Kim or I would personally be honored to listen to your stories. And there is a page on the church website under resources called “Spiritual Care” where you can find contact info for others who would be honored to hear you, too.
Please know, you no longer need to stay silent. Christ has provided for you.
- Pastor Confesor
THIS COMING SUNDAY:
DIPPED IN JESUS
Pastor Mark Bergin
Rules tell us the right thing to do. But rules cannot turn us into the right thing to be. We can follow all the rules and still be full of hate or fear or shame. So rules are important, because they keep us from doing hurtful things. But they aren’t the most important, because they don’t heal our insides. We’re all sick on the inside, and we all need healing. That’s why Jesus came into the world, to heal us. And the way he heals us isn’t by giving us a bunch of rules. Instead, he gives us himself. Jesus is a healthy person. And he invites all of us sick people to come live in his health with him. That’s what baptism is. It’s going into the health of Jesus. It’s being dipped in Jesus, so that we are covered with his health and his life. Then we can follow the rules without thinking we need them to heal us. And when we break the rules, we can know that even the worst things we do can’t separate us from Jesus.