I've been enjoying meeting, albeit virtually with many of you over the past six weeks or so of quarantine during worship, in small group zoom sessions, and over the phone. Each time we meet I feel the movement of the Spirit in our midst. I am convinced that the only way our congregation will emerge from this pandemic as strong or stronger than we were before is by gathering in small groups during this time. I know, that's a pretty bold statement. Yet, as I watch, listen, and reflect on our community of faith, it is our connection to one another that makes us who we are. We care for each other. We pray for each other. We talk with each other.
In premarital counseling, I frequently caution couples on getting so 'comfortable' that they begin taking each other for granted. I usually say something like, "each day in a relationship we need to wake up and say, 'I choose to love this person today;' and the day we stop doing that, is the day the relationship begins to fall apart." This is true for all of our relationships. When we stop being intentional about reaching out, or getting together, we begin to drift away from one another.
So- this comes as a friendly reminder to be intentional; call someone today. Look for information about new small groups that will be forming over the next few weeks- and join one.
But, this also comes with an invitation. Beginning April 29, I'm going to be hosting a small group called 'Oasis.' Along with checking in, building relationships and praying for one another, we will be focusing on the scripture passage(s) for the coming Sunday. We will look at the background, context, etc., but then just read and reflect together on the passage and how it applies to our lives.
My hope Is that this group becomes a mid-week time of refreshment in a time where we may be feeling spiritually dry. The group will be held via Zoom each Wednesday at 6:30 PM. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend, please click to sign up here. There is also a sign up on he fron page of our website. Class size is limited, so don't wait too long.
I look forward to meeting with each of you in this time of spiritual renewal and refreshment!