Mission Creep

Dear Mosaic Family, Every year, right about this time (late August, early September), just before the new surge of people into the city, we pause everything at Mosaic, and remind ourselves of the mission before us.

Church is a family and once any family grows, it needs to get organized. Like every organization, churches have the tendency to subtly drift from their original objectives. This is called mission creep. Ironically, often after initial success, the organization begins to widen its scope and little by little, it forgets why it exists. In churches, it usually entails the church taking on more and more good tasks, which ultimately eclipse the great task of the Great Commission. Mission creep also occurs when members of a church stop rowing in the same direction and start charting their own course and pushing for their own agendas.

A famous Russian poem beautifully illustrates this dynamic (yes, I'm quoting a poem, you're welcome). "The Swan, the Pike, and the Crab" by Ivan Krylov:

WHENE’ER companions don’t agree, They work without accord; And naught but trouble doth result, Although they all work hard.

One day a swan, a pike, a crab, Resolved a load to haul; All three were harnessed to the cart, And pulled together all. But though they pulled with all their might, The cart-load on the bank stuck tight. The swan pulled upward to the skies; The crab did backward crawl; The pike made for the water straight — It proved no use at all!

Now, which of them was most to blame ’Tis not for me to say; But this I know: the load is there Unto this very day

Join us tomorrow as we remind ourselves of the mission God has given Mosaic Boston:

Love Jesus, Love those who love Jesus, and Love those who don't yet love Jesus.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:
Apologetics Seminars Do you struggle with making intellectual sense of Christianity? Would you like to help your non-Christian friends see the veracity of the Christian claims? Join us for an 8 week seminar going through Tim Keller's "The Reason for God." The class will take place during the 11:15am worship service in the balcony upstairs, October 2nd to November 20th.

3rd Quarterly Members' Meeting & Potluck Sunday, September 25th1-3pm. If you're a member of Mosaic Boston, plan on attending this important in-house family meeting, and bring a favorite dish to share!

Pre-service Prayer 
Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.
Membership Class 

Sunday, September 111-3pm. Lunch provided. If you would like to attend this membership class, please sign up by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com

Mosaic Boston App Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

Mosaic Youth Group 

Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

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