This coming Sunday, the first Sunday of 2018, we will return to Jefferson Middle School for our worship at 10 a.m. Back to an auditorium that has served us well for over one year now. And hopefully, prayerfully, we will walk into a new sanctuary sometime this Fall. Return. Come back.
Though we were never truly apart. Our worship with Westminster Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve was a delight. How great it was to worship with our friends, our brothers and sisters there. They welcomed us and made us feel so at home in a true illustration of ecumenical life. We are better for having come together. Thanks to Pastor Ruth and Pastor Brian and the entire congregation there. I will be working with SW clergy and especially Ruth to guide our congregations to more shared experiences and shared ministries in 2018. Then this past Sunday on New Year’s Eve, Christ United Methodist welcomed us into their beautiful sanctuary. Their reception of us was as warm as it was warm inside on a cold day. And again, we felt the strength and joy of being together with fellow believers. Their new pastor, Monica Raines, is fresh out of Wesley Seminary and offers them (and our community) energy and vision. We pray for your ministry and presence, Christ United.
Now it is time to return to our “church” such as it is and this we have learned: while a building is wonderful (how wonderful it was to be inside those two churches!) we the people are the church. Return and let us begin this year with renewed commitment and purpose. Be here as often as you possibly can. Step up and support our ministry. Reach out and embrace one another. Let us be the Church.
And for any who have searched and longed for a church of peace, justice and Christ-centered joy, come with us this year. Return. Come home. Your spirituality and life in God can begin or continue here. As we embark on this journey together, may Christ the Good Shepherd gather us, guide us and bring us to his Kingdom. ~See you Sunday