Sunday, September 22
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:12)
So, community looks like a place of peace, meaning that while we go through the turbulence that arises out of our diﬀerences and disagreements over our next steps, we will choose to see each other as beloved children of God.
Even a brief overview of Christian history demonstrates that the Church has too often settled for a form of peace that is a far cry from the shalom God desires all creation to experience. Along with unity and constancy, peace without coercion is a foundation on which we must build the future of our congregation.
And it is to that future that we must now turn.
In terms of our denominational aﬃliation, our congregation is in a holding pattern until May, 2020 when the next General Conference meets in Minneapolis. We will deal with whatever decisions arise at that time. However, the life and health of our FUMCOR Community is not dependent on that gathering, and we will not wait to take the next steps on our faith journey together.
• We will not settle for intellectual conversations about God.
• We will embody the teachings and way of Jesus, sharing love, compassion, and grace with others.
• We will talk together, pray together, and prepare for the next phase of our congregation’s life.
• We will oﬀer those who feel increasingly anxious and lonely a community which strives to care for one another.
• We will oﬀer the blessings of inspired worship, thoughtful study, radical discipleship, compassionate mission, and relaxed fellowship.
• We will respond to changes and disagreements in healthy and spiritually mature ways.
• We will choose unity without uniformity, constancy without stagnation, and peace without coercion.
• We will reclaim and embody the power and joy of being God’s Community. Shalom!