"Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission." - Zig Ziglar
The word "mission" has Christian connotations. Even as it is used in secular context, it is often to reference the deep, abiding sense of purpose that Christianity holds in sharing the Gospel. The Book of Common Prayer defines the mission of the church within the catechism, "The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ."
The vestry of Ascension adopted this as our mission statement too. It is precise, yet inclusive. The catechism goes on to say, "The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love." This is all true at Ascension, in our gathering and serving the community around us, we fulfill our desire to restore unity between God and all people.
More often, when we speak of "mission", it is in reference to an annual youth trip, one that is focused on serving others. This use of the word, aligns with the aforementioned descriptions too. And, just as our various meetings and ministries fulfill our purpose, so too, the particulars of the youth mission vary from year to year.
This year our youth are preparing for a trip to Alaska. This is more extreme than many prior mission trips, our prior connections there have helped ease some of the typical challenges. Our youth will certainly need our support, in prayer and in their fundraising to complete this aspect of our collective mission.