We’re not even into mid-winter yet and I am being consumed with the blahs! I know the reason; due to family travel issues, we celebrated Christmas both on Christmas weekend and on New Year’s weekend and then, of course, we got buried in snow. I have missed three weeks of Sunday worship. I need the community of believers for spiritual support. Christ did say that when two or more gather in his name that he is there. Of course, he is here all the time, but when Christian disciples gather in his name as a community of believers it is truly different. I need the opportunity to hear the word, interact with visitors, sing, pray and just interact with fellow disciples.
Yes, I have agape love for my fellow disciples in spite of their differing views on politics, sexuality, finances and everything imaginable. These are my companions in my spiritual walk through life here in this place at this time. In my mind, when I joined this congregation, I pledged to do worship with, do ministry with and care for these fellow members of the community regardless of our differences.
A good example of community is our choir. While currently quite limited in size, when all are present we make a great sound for the Lord. But when folks are absent, our collective capability is diminished even though we have several excellent and quite strong voices. We continue to persevere and to serve in spite of our limitations, just as is the case with our whole community of believers.
Inclusiveness is so very important. When injury or illness keeps someone from participating and contributing to the work of God, we should deliberately keep them actively involved doing things for our ministries within their capabilities. Preparing postcards for mailing to visitors and shut-ins, clipping coupons or being an avid prayer partner are just examples.
I can’t wait for this coming Sunday! Shalom