On the first Sunday of each month, our congregation gathers for worship and shares in the sacrament of Holy Communion. As a part of our communion liturgy, my prayer each month includes the words, “By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.” This prayer should extend beyond the sacrament of Holy Communion and into our every day lives. What does it mean to be one with Christ? One with each other? One in ministry? To all the world?
Our Christian journey begins with our desire to be one with Christ. In his first public teaching recording in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,”(Matthew 5:48). Jesus was not limiting his followers to those who had achieved perfection, rather he was inviting his followers to experience perfection through a relationship with God.Jesus invites us to follow him in this journey of faith, and our desire should be unity with Christ. Later in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus added, “strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,”(Matthew 6:33). The more we know Christ, the more we become like Christ. So how do we do this?
First, we spend time with Jesus. Every day, we spend time with God in prayer and studying scriptures. We set aside time each week for our spiritual disciplinessuch as fasting, silence, and solitude. And we ask God to reveal to us the majesty of mercy of God’s kingdomso that we can experience God’s love and grace.
Our mission as a church is “to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.” In order to do this, we must be a community of faith that is “one with Christ…one with each other…and one in ministry to all the world.” I pray you will continue to seek Christ and become one with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Next week, we will discover more about how we can be “one with each other.” As alway, I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!
With Grace and Peace,
P.S. How can we pray for you? We want to be a church that prays with one another and prays for one another. What are your concerns? Your thanksgivings? Your celebrations? Each week, I pray for the names on our prayer list, but I also pray for every family in our church. I would love to know if you have something specific I can lift up in prayer. E-mail me and I will pray for you.