Post Tagged as ‘Blessings of Community’

A summer that’s renewing, relevant and based in relationship…

If your family is like ours, you’re starting to dream of summer plans. The spring sunlight invites us to grab our calendar and quickly fill it with plans and ideas for grand adventures. But is our church family’s calendar looking the same way? Are we looking for opportunities to participate in our church’s life with the same excitement and enthusiasm? This summer, I invite you to focus not only on schedules and ‘busy’-ness, but also on renewal, relationships and being relevant. Many of us find these opportunties through communal worship in our faith community. How can you help provide worship […]

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Reaching and Lifting Hearts Through Song- by Carla Nilsen

Hymnal Collage

Have you ever had your teenager rush to the piano to open your hymnal and excitedly show their friends a new hymn?  Well, with this new, wonderful new hymnal, that has happened at my house.  More than once, Ryan has enthusiastically showed more than one of his friends his new favorite hymn lyrics.  It’s Community of Christ Sings number #340, “We are Children of Creation”.  His favorite line is “We are children of creation, star flung bits of living fire, creatures with imagination, framed with passion and desire…” As you can imagine, this gives my mamma heart joy!  I too love the […]

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Why Church? – by Roberta LaHue Brown

In my years of attending church, I have had many wonderful relationships.  Some have been friends, some have been mentors, some teachers, others family, some all of these things in one.  I met my husband in church.  My children attend church with me and are learning about and praising God right beside me.  But my biggest reason for going to church is that attending devotes time to my relationship with God and the others I encounter.  Being intentional keeps me focused on the purpose of all this.  Intentional means ‘done with purpose.’  Forming ‘intentional relationships’ is one of the reasons […]

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“Embody Sacred Community” – by Roberta LaHue Brown

The scripture we utilized for today’s worship, Acts 2:42-47 focuses on community. It clarifies key attributes of the disciples’ fellowship when they gathered. As the early followers of the Way responded to the Holy Spirit they encountered awe and wonder. The first hallmark of a Christian community, devotion to apostolic teaching, highlights the importance of taking scriptures seriously. It is not just a matter of learning and teaching. Instead, it is also about devotion, immersion in, and living in and through the Word. It is like an old Jewish saying in which a disciple asked his teacher, “Rabbi, I have gone […]

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Why Church? – Anonymous Responses

WHY CHURCH? Anonymous Responses from March 16, 2014 Worship Service 1 Reorient personal perspectives Closer relationships with other members Gain scriptural knowledge in context of “community” Experience God’s presence   2 To keep one focused on God & blessings To give one hope To relate with people there To feel wanted and loved (acceptance) To broaden outlook on the world To bring our cares and needs and share them To help where we can at church and in our communities To enjoy being with others To remember what I think is my purpose for being here   3 Helps me […]

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“Blessings of Community” – by Evelyn Buschur

“I kind of just took notes…” – Evelyn – God’s Love weaves us together – Beatitudes – basic building blocks of community Historical context: Matthew – 1 of 5 major discourses of Jesus = 5 books Torah mtn = mtn calling out specific people to be blessed – opposite of Deut.  Wealth = God’s favor, pour = God’s disfavor purity of heart – change from conventional thought Focus on what’s important in life = Community of Christ Enduring Principles True compassion for and solidarity = poor and needy Ties back to beatitudes Continuing Revelation – perhaps and additional Beatitude – […]

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Why Church? – by Erik Nilsen

Being a member of the Tuality Community of Christ congregation is all about “connecting” for me.  I have opportunities in worship and service to connect with my higher self and to live out the principles of love and transformation and acceptance that I see modeled by the ministry of Christ.  I attend because of the connections that I make with people who are like me in their desire to walk the path of discipleship and yet who are very different from me along so many different and interesting dimensions.  I have church friends who are young and old, liberal and conservative, straight […]

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