Called To Community

46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.Acts 2:46-47
Beloved of God:
     The first Church was marked by a deep sense of community with God and with one another that ultimately led them to a deep sense of community with the world in which they lived.  Their life and ministry might best be envisioned as concentric circles that kept expanding outward to include others in an ever-growing community of God’s love.  This pattern can be seen in Jesus’s commissioning of the Apostles in Acts 1:8, where he says “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” which begins in the city of Jerusalem and expands outward geographically until the entire world is included.  It can be seen as the believers gather in Jerusalem, “with one accord,” in an upper room to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit; and when the Spirit comes they break out of that room witnessing to a crowd that included people from “every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:1-6).  It can be seen in the description of their life together found in Acts 2:46-47, where every day “they met together in the temple” to worship God; every day they “broke bread together in their homes;” and every day they “enjoyed the favor,” not just of God and each other, but “of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily.”  
     Community with God, with one another and with the world in which we live was not just their calling, it is ours.  As we move toward, and beyond, the celebration of our 52nd Church Anniversary on Sunday October 14, we will renew our “Call to Community” through our worship and devotion to God, our fellowship with one another and our service and witness to the community in which we live. 
     We begin this Sunday, when we gather as a community at 4:00 PM to celebrate the Ordination of our newest minister, Nathaniel Williams.  Throughout the coming weeks we will inform you of opportunities to answer Christ’s “Call to Community,” within our own fellowship and in the surrounding community in which we live. 
In Him,
Pastor Maxwell 

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