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Gathered Community

"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being save." (Acts 2:46-47)

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrated the outpouring of God's Spirit upon the gathered disciples. In the Book of Acts, Luke is careful to point out that the gathered community is the essential hub of the Spirit's activity. God loves each of us as his children, and relates to each of us individually. Yet from the beginning of the church's story, the Bible tells us that God is calling us, not to some privatized religious experience, but rather to a personal relationship with Christ that is to be lived out in relationships with one another in Christ's Body, the Church. 

This is one reason why I love the connectional nature of the United Methodist Church - vital congregations linked together as part of a larger community of Christ. This Sunday, June 22, we will give thanks to God for the ministry of Christ brought to fruition in our midst through the gifts of the Rev. Katy Ware. We will pray for Katy with the full knowledge that God's Spirit is preparing the church in Hempstead to receive her with open arms. We give thanks that God is at work in that Christian community as he is at Trinity, to make disciples of Jesus Christ. So even though we are losing Katy, the Church is not losing Katy. God's work goes on.

We will have a reception for Katy right after the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the Nita McKnight Parlor. There will be a table and a basket for special gifts and cards. Invite a friend to worship this Sunday!

As I've mentioned in an earlier article, our new associate pastor, Matthew Thomasson, is just graduating from seminary and is preparing to come be a part of our community of faith. I know you will welcome Matthew, his wife Danielle, and their six-month-old, Wesley. Pray for them in this time of transition.

I encourage you never to miss the opportunity to be a part of the "gathered community" of Christ's disciples, wherever your journey happens to take you. For it is in the gathered community that the Spirit is always working, to add daily to those who are being saved.

See you Sunday,

Bob Shield

Posted by Jennifer Robertson at 8:54 AM