“I am the Church! You are the Church! We are the Church together!”
This month we will have multiple opportunities to celebrate what it means to “be Church,” as the children’s song says. Here in this faith community, we will celebrate rites of passage for some of our youth—Confirmation and Graduations from High School and College. We will commission some youth and adults to mission work in Alabama. We will officially welcome friends into membership in this church. We will also have our monthly Community Meal, and we will gather together at the Lord’s Table for spiritual nourishment. We will be Church in a variety of ways.
We don’t call it a faith community for nothin’! We gather together regularly; for
worship, for study, for service, and for fellowship. We gather in small groups and large groups. We gather at serious times and we gather just for fun.
We know how we are supposed to live as Church, the body of Christ. In Colossians 3:12-15 Paul says, “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and,
if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
As we mark rites of passage, commission new and continuing members, and do all the other things the church does this month, let us all remember that we are not living solo. We are the Church together. Bear with others, forgive, love, be thankful. It’s a good way to live in the Church, and in the world.