What a day yesterday was!
I read an article last week that had this quote: “ Americans treat church like a product to consume instead of as a family to belong. When we treat church like a product, we consume until our needs are no longer met. When we treat church like a family, we fundamentally understand there are no perfect churches. Like family, every church comes with broken people. That includes the church leadership.”
Revelation 21 speaks of the future of the church coming down out of heaven from God after the day of judgment, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. That is the church perfected. As believers go through death they will become part of the holy city in God’s presence in heaven. Those who are alive at the return of Christ will be taken up to be with them. And then after the judgment, the church (part of what is meant by the holy city – the new Jerusalem) will be transported to the new earth as a beautiful, perfectly holy bride.
We look forward to that. But, for now, there is no perfect church. As long as humans make up the church, it will contain flaws. We are broken people…members and leaders alike. And we are in the right place. That’s why I am so happy to see what appears to be growing like-mindedness among us here at MCC. I have sensed a more loving and positive spirit that is refreshing beyond words and is the opposite of that quote above. And that’s a great thing!
Yesterday was so wonderful! The kids doing their VBS songs brought such a family atmosphere. The baptism of Reagan Pollard was so uplifting. Jason Krawitz led us in a splendid Communion meditation that really got us to think about the cross of Christ. The ordination of our Deacons and some from the congregation coming forward and praying over them and our new board officers was just a unifying moment. We were encouraged as someone came forward (again) to recommit themselves to Christ at the invitation. It was such a loving atmosphere. Our Missions Ministry Team went out to talk about how we can do better in impacting the community while keeping our eyes to the world for global missions. There were people visiting who commented how much they loved the service. Even though everything was prepared – Isaac said he heard one of our teens say it seemed kind of impromptu.
It was a great day. We praise God for this.