July 9, 2012

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

This past Sunday we participated with some other local congregations in what we called our “Community Freedom Celebration.” We worshiped outside (and no, it wasn’t too hot) with members of the Episcopal Church, an Evangelical Free congregation and an independent Community Church. Almost everything was different from the way we usually do it in the PC(USA). Maybe we could learn a few things from these other congregations but the point is not for us to be like them or for them to be like us. In the world of shrinking resources that congregations live in these days it is tempting to view each other as competitors. We are not. In a culture divided by terms like mainline and evangelical, conservative and liberal, born again and social justice, we should at least occasionally look beyond these to Paul’s message above, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Can you share your faith with others without trying to change them or surrendering what you have found to be vital? Do you share your faith at all or just hold on to it as your private, personal possession?  Where is the Oneness in your life this week?

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