Worship Blog: Where Spirit Can Be At Home

The Church—Steeple and People   We all know the rhyme about what the church truly is. “Not a building; not a steeple; not a resting place. The church is a people.” It’s true that we do not need a specific edifice or a certain kind of structure in order for “church” to happen. But the fact is many associate “church” with both a certain kind of people and a structure at some specific location.

So … what kind of “people” are we? What is our reputation?

Our reading from Acts 2 this week uses two words that open a door for some introspection with regard to what and who we are as people, striving to follow Jesus. The words are usually translated “fellowship” (κοινωνία) and “church’’ (ἐκκλησία). Neither of these refer specifically to a building; but the first has to do with the nature of the relationships within the community. The latter is used, in this context, to refer to the reputation the “community” has in the larger world around it.

Today we will spend a few moments considering the connection between our internal relationships as a faith community and our external reputation in “The Greater Burlington Area” and beyond.

While it may sound rather simplistic, it is profoundly true that I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together. And what happens on the inside has a lot to do with the reputation we will acquire on the outside.

Scriptures:  I John 3    Acts 2:42-47      Matthew 23:37-39

Today’s Message:  Where Spirit Can Be At Home

 

Oklahoma’s Mean Jesus – Piece by Robin Meyers

Saving the Ducklings – Video

Today’s 23rd Psalm – Bobby Mcferrin

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.