I’ve been holding little snippets and scenes from our Sunday Funday gathering in my heart and mind this week. There were so many moments when I overheard people caring for one another, encouraging one another, and supporting one another. There were many moments of shared laughter and conversation. I think my favorites, though, were watching people interact with other people’s kids. One of the best things about a church community is the opportunity for friendship and fellowship across generations in a safe, faith-based environment. So much of our time is spent in age-segregated activities. Kids need adults in their lives who are not their parents, who will encourage, listen and guide – and those things all get started with simple, small conversations like the ones I watched and overheard on Sunday. I’m always grateful to get to do church with you – but especially when I have the privilege of watching seeds like these being planted for blessings over the long haul.
So – one of the ways the church is described in the Bible is as “the body of Christ.” One way to look at that is that we are the ones who get to be the hands, feet, minds, and mouths of Christ to carry on the work of bringing about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God happens wherever and whenever the major motivating force is selfless love. Simple to “get,” but very hard to do. The apostle Paul had a LOT to say about this, and went on and on about how the body needs different parts to do different things; about how the different parts are each important to the functioning of the whole body. As Telos grows, this is becoming sort of glaringly obvious to me! For example, we have a wonderful Communications Team which works hard to try and communicate about what Telos is, what Telos does, etc. They have some amazing gifts and talents for which I am SO grateful. Go check out the website: telosatsouthminster.org, and see how it’s new and improved. Then thank Jamie for her talents and gifts for that AND for this newsletter. If you’ve noticed, our Shrove Tuesday […]
One of the resources I use often is Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. He had an interesting take on the scripture verses from last Sunday’s sermon. Our focus at our Worship Gathering was on the significance of considering ourselves and others to be truly children of God and why this matters as much today as it did in Jesus’ time. McClaren looks at those same verses (John 1:1-17) and discusses various kinds of logic with which we approach life. The logic of rivalry says there’s not enough (love, money, resources, etc.) and the only way to survive and thrive is through “competing, defeating, deceiving, displacing, or killing…” those around us. (McLaren, p. 13). The logic of compliance requires that humans comply and avoid risking their survival by just going along with the way things are. Lastly, the logic of mechanism says it’s all a big cause and effect, so get what you can however you can, because that’s all there is. The origin stories we’ve looked at in Genesis and John give a huge alternative – what McLaren calls “the logic of creativity, goodness, and love. The universe is God’s creative project, filled with beauty, opportunity, […]
On the Sundays that Telos doesn’t have a Worship Gathering, your Leadership Team gathers. When we do, we have Bible study, practice spiritual disciplines (prayer, etc.), and work on moving Telos forward. This past Sunday night, we looked at Luke 10:1-12. We had a lively discussion and wanted to share some of what we talked about with you, mostly in the form of questions that can lead you in being thoughtful and faithful with your own lives: The people were sent out in pairs. Another example that we were made for relationship, we need community, and God never sends us out to do hard stuff all alone. Jesus seems to be encouraging the disciples to travel light (see v. 4). What would it mean to travel light in life? Less stuff? Less anxiety and worry? We talked about how Telos can travel light, and we agreed that the simplicity of what we do (Worship, Community Service) is one way we travel light, and it helps Telos to have more clarity about where our journey takes us. What does it mean to extend peace to the many “houses” we enter? What are those houses? Work? School? Our regular coffeeshop? The literal […]