Very soon, we are going to be startingour congregational Mission Study, which is
just one phase of moving into the future God has planned for our congregation. This
requires deep thought and prayer. One of the primary questions we will be trying
to answer is: What IS a Church? The first Christians used two Greek words for
“Church”, Koinonia and Ecclesia. The words mean “Fellowship/Community” (Koinonia)
and being “Called Out” (Ekklesia).
We discover Koinonia through the journey we share together. This past Lenten Journey
has been one of wonderful fellowship, deep reflection, and a renewed sense of devotion
to God, compassion toward all persons, and joyful celebration of faith. We journeyed
with Jesus toward Jerusalem, and now we enter Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, gather to
share the Lord’s Supper/Service of Darkness on Maundy Thursday, and rejoice with
Christ in Easter’s Glory!
But then … as Church, we are Easter People!: Ekklesia! Called Out! There is a
tendency after such big observances as Holy Week to take a deep breath and ease-off,
but one question after Easter propels us forward: What IS a Church that has experienced
I love an old Quaker story that tells about a visitor coming into the silence of
a Friends' Meeting House for worship and asking the person next to him, "What time
does the service begin?" The Quaker said, without hesitation, "When the worship is
Together, we become the joyful and effective witness to faith that our world and
our times surely need! Let’s be the “Called Out” Church that hears the voice of
God leading us to service, love, and sharing. When the Worship is over, the Service
IS just beginning!