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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

“Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine

by his power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Dear Ministers of Augustana Lutheran Church,

Do you remember Disney’s original Toy Story movie?  There’s a moment when toy astronaut Buzz Lightyear outfitted with his fancy jet pack gets into an argument with the wooden toy sheriff, Woody.  Woody had been the favorite toy and, feeling a little jealous of the attention Buzz Lightyear was getting, insists that Buzz is a phony because he can’t fly.  Buzz insists that he can and, just to prove it, he takes a swan dive off of a wooden bedpost crying out, “To infinity and beyond!”  He picks up speed as he falls straight down from the bed post, but finds himself bouncing like a ping-pong ball from one toy to another before being catapulted back up to the ceiling fan where he’s spun around and eventually flung back down to make his return landing right next to Woody.  He dusts himself off satisfied that he’s demonstrated that he can fly.  As viewers, we can see that Buzz’s flying demonstration couldn’t have happened without the help of many other factors.  But those extra factors made all the difference in the world.  It took a lot of help, but Buzz flew.

This year’s Vacation Bible School from August 4th through 7th focuses on where we get that help and draw the strength, hope, and courage to live by the faith God has given each of us.  The theme To Mars and Beyond focuses our attention on how God does amazing things for us and through us and calls us to live out our faith in ways that might surprise even us.

As God’s children of all ages, we might each ask ourselves: “How might God be calling me beyond what I’ve asked for or imagined?  What limiting beliefs might I need to let go of to boldly answer God’s call? 

It’s called “the leap of faith” for a reason. J Like Buzz Lightyear, may we, too, live and love boldly, with our arms unbound, entrusting our selves to God’s gracious and steadfast care as we call out in faith, “To infinity and Beyond!”  Or perhaps, “To Mars and Beyond!”

Serving Jesus together,

Pastor Ben