Square Pegs and The Mission of God

Every mission has senders and goers.

On April 11, 1970, the crew of Apollo 13 was sent to the moon. 56 hours and 205,000 miles from earth, the crew heard a concussive explosion inside their spacecraft. I don't want to hear that while I'm driving my car, I can't even imagine my thought process that far from home. While the crew originally thought a rock struck the ship they quickly realized their main oxygen tank had exploded. Breathing is good, it's hard to do without oxygen, and "Houston, we have a problem." This brave lunar crew needed help and they needed it fast.

The lunar landing was scrapped, but mission control still had to get the astronauts back home. First, they moved them from the command module to the lunar module. The three men would take the rest of their 96-hour journey in a spacecraft designed to support two men for 36-hours. There just wasn't enough breathable air.

To fix this they needed to replace the CO2 scrubbers halfway through the journey (These absorb the CO2 and gave the crew breathable air). Fortunately, they had a set of square spare scrubbers from the command module. Which would have been great... except the scrubbers on the Lunar Module were round. In order to save the crew, a group of rocket scientists had to figure out how to fit a square peg into a round hole.

In record time, mission control put together an improvised adapter using all sorts of weird and random parts, like a flight manual cover, a space suit, and socks. Seriously.

Without the support of mission control the crew of Apollo 13, Lovell, Swigert, and Haise, would have died in the cold darkness of space. Every mission has senders and goers. Goers depend on senders, and senders need the goers for there to even be a mission. They have an inseparable partnership.

Tomorrow we're looking at the mission of God, the ultimate sender. We are going to look at the essential roles of both goers and senders in God's plan. Each of us has a God-given role in the grand narrative of the world's redemption through Jesus. Join us tomorrow as we search for our place in what God is doing.

In Christ,
Ivey Rhodes
Lead Pastor, Mosaic Boston Jamaica Plain

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Potluck Lunch After Worship Service Tomorrow (2/4/18)
Every first Sunday of the month we gather for lunch after church. Come along and bring your favorite dish to share.

Baptism February 25
If you've recently become a Christian or have never been baptized, make sure you talk to Pastor Ivey or Pastor Bill this Sunday about being baptized on Feb. 25.

Charter Membership Class March 11
Mosaic JP is beginning official church membership! We will have our first membership class March 11 at Pastor Ivey's house. More details to come.