The Ways: Community

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy . . . It is right of me to think this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart” (Philippians 1:3-4,7)

At First Church, we live our life as a worshipping community. We blend our hearts and minds as we blend our voices in singing. The words of the songs, the beauty of the music, and our gathering around the Word of God and the Table of the Lord, are all expressions of our life together. We are not a gathering of isolated individuals, but a community of inter-acting, interrelated people who cherish being together.

We find our identity as a community as we welcome one another, and as we open both our hearts and our hands to others. This community, made up of a variety of cultures, races, ages, occupations, and interests, gathers its identity in the One who is the object of our worship and our service.

In this community of connections, we work at building wholesome and mutually supportive relationships that are an expression of the love that has been so lavishly poured into our lives by the Spirit of Christ. Those relationships find us engaged in helping, caring for, encouraging, and walking alongside one another. These relationships do not end at the benediction, nor are they left at the door of the sanctuary. We exercise a friendship that cares through the week, seeks out the lonely, and welcomes the stranger.

There are many open doors for fellowship, learning, Bible study, engaging shared interests, and opportunities for ministry to others, both in our neighborhoods, and around the world.

You are invited to come, put down “roots”, and be a part of this community.

 

*article originally released on September 21, 2014*

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