The church at the end of the earth

There’s a passage of scripture that is a appropriately popular, Acts 1:8:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will bear witness for me in Jerusalem, and throughout all Judaea and Samaria, and even in the farthest corners of the earth.

That’s a heavy mandate for li’l ol’ me who enjoys the simple pleasures of ground turkey Rice-a-Roni, a glass of sherry, and a bit of Internet armchair tourism. Should I worry that I’m not doing enough for the Kingdom of God?

Greenlandic church in Thule

Well, the Lord will ask plenty of me, and I pray that I can give fully of myself. But there’s comfort that I’m not doing this work alone, or for the first time. The Church is not a collection of pious (or otherwise) individuals, but a body, and Christ’s body at that. And Christ’s body includes Anton Tellesen. He’s the pastor of the Church of Greenland parish of Qaanaaq, or Thule. Thule is the epitome of “the end of the world” as in “out in the Thules.”

And if he can make it there, I can make it anywhere. The rest – the vision, the way – is in God’s hands.

Church of Greenland (Danish)
Qaanaaq Tourism (English)
UU? How about the town of . . . Uummannaq (Danish with English)

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