My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This week, we will move into the second round of our Do Be Live Church sermon series. In this round we will be looking at the communal nature of doing, being, living church. We consider that God has created us to live in community with one another. We truly have been given a sacred calling to be our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers. To quote Dr. King, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
We often talk about our congregations as “faith communities” or “my church family.” One of the most popular names for congregations is Community. Being in community with and for one another is a key, foundational element of who we are and how we are to order our lives. One of the hard questions we have to wrestle with is who do we consider to be part of our community or faith family and who do we consider to be outside the circle of our care and compassion. How wide do we draw the circle or our network of mutuality?
Every Sunday when we gather for worship, very early in the service, we join together in a COMMUNAL Prayer of Confession, which is followed by a time of silent prayer for personal prayers of confession. Have you ever wondered why we do this? Why do we need to have both a corporate and individual prayers of confession? Well, this Sunday I will seek to answer those questions.
See you on Sunday as together we strive to Do Be Live Church!
Your Partner in Ministry,