Thought for the Week: Point to Ponder

Community re-imagined

When I was sharing worship at Witham St Hughs last week I was struck from start to finish by the sense of community there. We talk about ‘community’ quite often but what do we really mean?  More than just a group of people who live in the same location, I hope.  It strikes me that sometimes we over-use the word or perhaps don’t allow ourselves the time to take in the gift that ‘community’ such as we can enjoy together, can really offer.

Community is a gift where God offers to pour out love on us all.  If we live into Christian community, we can broadcast the good news as a lived reality, and mediate God’s love to those who so desperately need it.  We simply cannot experience fully the power and delight of life with God without also being drawn into life together with our sisters and brothers in Christ; these are not just the people who sit alongside us in church each week, but are all whom we meet daily, weekly, monthly, whenever.   Community is to be sought and welcomed.  By taking whatever risks to follow Jesus, we find that the reward is to enter into life as God intended it to be lived.  Let’s give renewed thanks for all that our community means to us and others.