To be faithful to our call as a church community, it takes being engaged disciples. You don’t have to be perfect, highly educated, wealthy, or beautiful – you just have to be willing to respond, knowing Christ goes with you.
We have all been given great gifts that God desires to be used to offer a welcoming presence whereby all can come to know the love of God. How are you using the gifts you have been given to welcome others?
We are called to more intentional care for one another by establishing a more nurturing faith community. That’s part of what it means to be Making a Place for Everyone.
Too often we are expected to follow along without knowing why we are doing what we are doing. Christian practices are no different, like prayer. Prayer isn’t meant to be a last ditch effort to get the Almighty to save us from our human failures. Prayer instead is an ongoing response to our joy in the Lord.
It’s one thing to know the biblical text. It’s another to be willing to follow it without question. How often do we engage in theological debate simply to avoid share love with those we choose to hate?
Many will claim that spirituality is deeply personal, but the Biblical claim is that faithful spirituality is most authentic when shared in the body of Christ.
We tend to act, talk, and think in ways that acquiesce to societal pressures and norms. Yet, God calls us to get past the false pretenses and live in to our grace-given gifts. It takes intentional work to be authentic, but that is Paul’s teaching on living faithfully.
Christ invites us to change our model of living from an exchange model, based on a mentality of scarcity, to a Eucharistic model, that says as a member of the body of Christ I will give freely as I have gifts and receive freely as I have needs.
Into a world that keep trying to escape the frailty of the human body, God chooses to send Jesus in the form of the human body. As such an incarnate being, Jesus becomes the model for the church.
At the call of the prophet in Isaiah 51, today we receive a State of the Church report, where we look back to see from where we have come, to look around and acknowledge where we are today, and to hear the vision of what God may have in store for us in the future.