Monday, February 25, 2008
Communion of the Community
I was at the Messiah Lutheran Church and School Dinner Dance with Carol when I realized that there is a growing lack of emphasis placed on the church family. As we were having a good time with the other couples from the church I remembered how refreshing and reinvigorating just socializing with others can be. Laughing at nothing, looking foolish and being unconditionally accepted really allows (for a time)to dwell in the good of life.
This is the church that is associated with my son's and daughter's school and they really understand that the church is more than a building you regularly attend, rather it is a support group and a haven. The church we regularly attend is a mega-Church that we have truly enjoyed being a part of. Its teaching and events are excellent but it is not a family and really with its size I do not know if it ever could be. You do not see the same people twice nor do you feel all the comfortable just coming to an 'event' unless you are a part of the planning or affiliated with it in some way. We are not one body of believers but rather a loose affiliation of believers and seeing the joy of the small gathering at Messiah really drove that point home. Jesus intended for us to be a tight-knit group that sacrifices for and enjoys each other. Where everyone has a place to go and enjoy being in the presence of the Lord and singing Johnny Cash songs at the top of their lungs without fear of forcible removal.
Jesus Changes Water to Wine
1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]
7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside
The Fellowship of the Believers
42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.