What Does a New Sign Say?
Pastor Tyler Scarborough

Taste and see that the Lord is good. —Psalm 34:8

We have some new signs! Hooray! This has been in the works for quite a while now, and I’m thankful that it is finally up! A big thank-you needs to go out to everyone who was involved in making this happen, in particular Paul Payne our electrician, the deacons, and the property committee who did a ton of work behind the scenes.

So, why do we need a sign? Why do we want a sign? Well, signs communicate. They say things to our community like…

“We’re here”

I guess the most obvious thing a sign says is, well, we’re here. At 1548 Kipling Ave, there is a place called Richview Church. That’s obvious for everyone reading this e-mail, but it hasn’t been obvious to anyone driving past 1548 Kipling for the past several years. Now every single person who drives or busses past Richview Church will have the opportunity to discover us! We’re here!

“We want you to know us, and us to know you”

When we continually provide the community opportunities to check in on whatever we are doing and join us, then the sign communicates an invitation to a relationship with us. We don’t want to be strangers to you Etobicoke! Come join in!

“We have something to offer you”

A sign communicates that there is something at Richview Church that we want everyone to come and experience. In our case, it’s not a burger or a coffee, but a relationship with the living God. Our sign will let the community know that we have something—or better, Someone—that they are missing out on.

“We’re expecting you”

When we put up a sign, it’s a standing invitation to the community. In other words, it is saying we are ready for you, expecting you, and hoping for you to accept the invitation. Our table has a spot ready and waiting just for you.

This sign says what we as a church want to say to our community again and again. “Hey! We’re here! We want to get to know you! We have something amazing to offer you! And we’ve got a place ready for you!”

But you know what? Shouldn’t we all, as individual believers, think that way about the people in our community? As followers of Jesus, we are people who say, “Hey, I’m here, I want to get to know you, I know someone amazing that you can know too, and I’m ready to share Him with you.” We’re all signposts for Jesus, no electricity required!

I’m sure these signs will help us connect with our community better. But I also hope that these signs remind us of what we can all do to spread the good news about Jesus to the world. Can you imagine if all of us were ready to share Jesus like that? Wow! These signs are just a start Richview!

Blessings,

Pastor Tyler