Once a year, our church participates in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Week of Prayer enters into various congregations and parishes all over the world. Pulpits are exchanged, and special ecumenical worship services are arranged. This Sunday our church participated in the annual pulpit exchange.
Through out the year, our local group of churches also share at special monthly meetings, and events, such as the Easter Sunrise Service.
For the pulpit exchange our guest speaker was Father David from St Paul’s Episcopal Church, the announced title for his message was, “Come and see.”
I present here gleanings from his sermon.
He read from John, where Nathaniel said, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?”
The answer was “Come and See.” Jesus told him that he would see even greater things than this.
The minister asked, “Can any good come out of our city, our church, and our congregation?
Who draws the line of which way is correct? What pulls us together when we disagree such as on how to baptize? Do we dunk, sprinkle, pour or dip? Jesus must be at the center, and all other options fall into place.
The world that Jesus lived in was in some ways similar to our day. There were many kinds of religions and philosophies then as there is now. There was and is lots of poverty and it seems to be getting worse.
We see broken relationships, a culture of emergencies, a nation of consumers, then and now. People strive to take care of them-selves, and are not desirous to give to others...
Nothing seems to be working. How do we live in peace? What makes a good person or a good church? The message is simple; “Come and See.”
Look around, the world desperately needs to encounter Christ Jesus. We don’t need another social program, another service organization another rehabilitation center. It is Jesus who is needed.
Can anything good come out of the Church? When Jesus is the center of our Unity and we all point others to the Lamb of God, it is then that we will find our unity.
Jesus is what it is all about!
This post is linked to Deidra’s Sunday Jump Tandem
and to Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday