WORD FROM THE PASTOR
It’s hard to believe we’re now starting the last third of the year. This transition also means the transition back to school. This reminds us of the learning that takes place over so much of the first 20 or so years of life. Yet our school years are not the only time we learn. A past Moravian Bishop, John Amos Comenius, one said that learning is from the cradle to the grave. Each day we have the opportunity to grow in our understanding of the world around, of who we are, and of how we relate to other (and God). Each day we have the opportunity to be curious, to open ourselves up to new understandings and insights which allow us go to grow.
In the letter to the Ephesians the church was encouraged to continue to grow, “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” (Eph. 4:15-16) The church is encouraged to learn, be open to new understandings, and share in love honestly so that we might grow into Christ who binds us together.
Notice the connectedness in which we learn and grow. As we learn, we grow. We increase our understanding and use what we’ve learned to motivate us to continue to grow. In our growth we are called upon to build up each other which in turns builds up our community, the body of Christ. As we learn, we support each other in the other’s learning. Through our relationships with one another we grow in our relationship with God and through our relationship with God we grow in our relationships with one another. Let us love, work together, and build up the body for Christ.
Serving with you in Christ,