Mike's Monday Message

 

Church as Community

Posted by Jeffrey Eglen on OP1er @ 1:10 PM

Webster defines community as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.

 

At Palmetto, we share common attitudes, interests and goals--we just don’t share them together at the same time! We are God’s people “gathered” and scattered. Every Sunday we have a different congregation, and because we are “doers” we manage to share in any number of ministry opportunities every week.

 

As your pastor, the challenge is how to have “unity” in our church “community, when even in worship our whole community is never physically together. With two worship services, Sunday school, and the many Bible studies, book clubs, and special interest groups we have meeting “here and there,” it is a challenge to “communicate” to everyone what our mission and ministry is all about.

 

Our first worship service was held on Pentecost Sunday, so maybe part of our DNA as a congregation is being as chaotic as the Pentecost story in Acts. Maybe we will always be more “scattered” than “gathered.”

 

Yesterday afternoon, more than 20 folks came back to church to work on the columbarium landscaping—some who were out-of-town in the morning and not in worship. On the other side of the church the youth were meeting, and in the front parking lot a group was adding handicapped parking places. To me it looked like we were “scattered,” but maybe through the eyes of that Pentecost Holy Spirit, we were “gathered.” That’s the mystery of faith.

 

I am blessed to be a part of this gathered, scattered community we call Palmetto Presbyterian Church.

 

Have a great week,

 

Mike

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