The Cambridge Dictionary defines synergy this way: “the combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately…”
In Acts 10:38, the Apostle Peter reflected on the ministry of Christ: “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
The word “power” in the scripture comes from a Greek word dynamis, the word we turn into English as dynamite. Dynamite when used carefully and intelligently can remove obstacles. Synergy is a combined power. It is a word that speaks to the greater achievements of a group of things as opposed to one thing working by itself. Such a word, synergy, can describe the Church.
We come together to work in harmony and with each other in order to heal the world, thwart oppression and by God’s Spirit, remove obstacles that prevent persons from fulfilling their God-given humanity. When this happens, it is a wondrous thing to behold. This past Sunday, I thought of the synergy of spirit as our choir sang, musicians played and we, the congregation prayed and worshipped together. I beheld this synergy again when after worship our Faith and Justice Team inaugurated its ministry around a table with more than a dozen persons passionate to “weld words to deeds” as I had said in my sermon for the day. (by the way, the web site now has a Faith and Justice Team page so we can communicate our efforts and share resources)
Love begets love. Grace abounds. May the Spirit anoint us for this day and this hour and may the power of Christ and the synergy of our mutual devotion and affection help transform and heal the world. ~See you Sunday