Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

The Joy of Being Together

Hello Gloria Dei,

Our house overlooks the baseball fields at Harmodon Park. Earlier this summer I was out walking our dog and a baseball game was going on. One of the kids whose sibling was probably playing in the game came over and asked if he could pet the dog. His mother gave me a nod that it was okay, and I engaged him in conversation. Soon after, another boy came over. He petted our dog too, but then the first young boy said to the other. “Hey, what was your name again… Wanna go play catch?” And off they ran, carefree and filled with joy, ready to play catch.

What struck me was that there was no inhibition about playing catch with someone you didn’t know. Just the joy of playing catch together. Maybe that is the kind of thing Jesus was thinking about when he said, “Unless you become like a little child, you will not enter the Kingdom of God.” In that exchange in the park there was no pre-judgment; there was no fear of the other you didn’t know. They simply enjoyed being together. As they ran off, I smiled to myself and thought, “Wow! Now that was beautiful”.

As we grow older we can, unfortunately, lose that sense of innocence. In an age when we too often let our differences divide us, Jesus calls us rather to embrace our diversity. The Bible compares us to a body, with Christ as the head, and each of us as different parts of the same body. You are different than me and I am different than you. We have had different experiences and have different backgrounds. We have different personalities and opinions. We have different and unique gifts. Rather than fearing one another or being quick to criticize something different, let us celebrate our diversity as the body of Christ. Like those two children in the park, let’s put aside pre-judgment and simply find joy in being together.

Even in the midst of this all too isolating pandemic, thank you for being a community of believers which cares about one another deeply. The love Jesus has for us is what we have in common. Christ holds us together. And together let us be about the tasks we have as individuals and as a church body, always looking to give glory to God in all that we do and say.

In preparation for this weekend’s worship, please read that great parable of Jesus, The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37. See you in worship, either in person or online.

Pastor Tim
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