Let Your Light Shine

Dear Friends of Kenilworth Union Church,

Is Kenilworth Union Church a missional church? A congregation that seeks to connect faith with action? A community that translates the Gospel into everyday life?

When singing This Little Light of Mine, our Preschoolers at A Joyful Noise sing a bright and powerful “Hide it under a bushel… No!… I’m gonna let it shine.” You know the song, yes? Are we a group of people who also adamantly refuse to hide our light under a bushel?

This summer, we are hosting a Chicago Quest Mission Trip for Junior High students—an experiment in letting our light shine in the city. It will be overnight June 17–19, so save the date! With our IMPACT Mission Trip Program underway, and the Outreach Benefit mission agencies—Family Promise, Three Angels Children’s Relief, and St. Leonard’s Ministries—being highlighted in worship and around the church, it is easy to see some of the tangible ways this congregation learns to love God and neighbor through action. This Church seeks to be a missional church.

Our Church seal—carved in stone on the front of the cloister walk—reminds us to “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with the Lord our God.” (Micah 6:8). In this season of Lent, are there ways that these words might inspire you to let your light shine?

Reverend Katie Snipes Lancaster