Growing up, my father and I bonded over spy movies. We especially enjoyed the James Bond series. There was not a Bond movie that we would not go see together. When I graduated from college a new spy thriller series was launched, “Mission: Impossible.” My father was so excited to share this new series with me because it was based on one of his favorite TV shows from his late teen and early adult years. When the movie was finally released he made sure that we were one of the first to see it.
The movie, based off the television series, chronicled the exploits of a secret government agency know as the Impossible Mission Force (IMF). The T.V. and movie
series always opens with a fast-paced montage as the series’ famous music composed by Lalo Schifin played in the background. This was followed by one of the main
characters receiving instructions from a recording, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” After the mission was described the taped voice would always conclude, “As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”
When there was a national security task that was so impossible that no other agency could handle it, it was given to the Impossible Mission Force. (Gee, I wonder how they came up with the name of the task force?) God has a mission for us too. A mission that seems so impossible that God has given it to the elite task force to accomplish. The task force is known as the church. Without a clear mission we would be running around in circles. However, God has given us instructions. Which, thankfully do not self-destruct in a vapor of smoke.
Lead by the Spirit of God, our Pilgrim Church fore bearers wrote a mission statement for our church. It appears in every Sunday worship bulletin. Pilgrim your mission, should you choose to accept it is “to provide the Chattanooga community with a liberal Christian tradition by maintaining a caring, inclusive and open-minded church where individuals may search for a vision of God and relate the Christian faith to the modern world.” This is our marching orders, our tape of instruction. Everything we do, purchase, support, and say as a congregation should be towards the goal of accomplishing our mission.
As we work to make the world a more just place we should always be asking ourselves do these activities support our mission? Does our building support our mission? Do our programs support our mission? Do our prayers support or mission? Are our activities inclusive and accessible to all? Are we open-minded with our worship? If the answer is no we must as a congregation change what we are doing, how we are doing it, and with what we are doing it.
Our mission is to provide the Chattanooga area with a liberal Christian tradition. Our mission is to be caring, inclusive and open minded. Our mission is to have a safe place for people to explore their faith and even question it. Our mission, if you choose to accept it, is impossible. But with the help of the Holy Spirit we are the impossible mission force.
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