On this 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, I recall what the president of the USA said nearly a decade earlier. John F. Kennedy said the following (edited): "William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage...We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
When Concord was founded 200 years ago, when Saint Andrews was founded and the two united, they were founded on the basis of hope and courage: the hope for a spiritual home to nurture families and individuals, the courage to strive towards spiritual holiness, and the belief that we are useful to God in spreading the message of Christ's love and redemption.
I believe God is not yet done with us. Our mission is ever before us. With God all things are possible.