The Columns – February 2016

Do you remember the game where you interlace your fingers together and say, “here is the church, here is the steeple, open the church and there are the people” and you wiggle your fingers around to show them moving, as if your fingers represent their aliveness? As a child I loved playing that game. It reminded me that I always belonged to the church because my little fingers were among the people.

Recently after the 8:30am worship service, I saw a man and his family standing outside the church operating a remote controlled device. Out of curiosity, I walked over to them, introduced myself and asked what they were looking at in the sky. He was there using a drone to fly over the church taking video footage of our campus from a bird’s eye view. This footage will be used for publicity and marketing purposes and I promise you all looked fabulous that day! It was bitterly cold that morning so I invited them to follow me over to Coffee Corner for warm cocoa, coffee and some snacks, did I mention they had children with them? I shared this story with our 5th and 6th grade Sunday school that morning and of course they were thrilled our church was using high grade technology however, one student said, “You took them to Coffee Corner, it sounds like this is your home and you invited them in.” I said, “Yes, that’s exactly what I did because it is…and it’s your home too.”

The physical family is the most important building block to human society; it should be nurtured, protected and loved. When God created humans, he designed us to live in families; family relationships therefore are important to God and that includes the church, the universal body of believers. These scriptures validate the belonging to God’s family.

– Romans 9:4 –
They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises.(NLT)
– Ephesians 1:5 –
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (NLT)
– Ephesians 2:19 –
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. (NLT)

So what does it mean to be the family of God? I believe God created families where we learn to love up close, celebrate life around the meal table, pray through difficulties discovering that we are all children of God. I believe God sent Jesus so we could see the heights and depths of love, know that we have a second chance and discover that in loving service the world can become a better place. I believe God delights in our laughter, rejoices in our kindness and celebrates our faithfulness to Him and one another. Family isn’t an important thing…it’s EVERYTHING!

Together… we make a family here at First United Methodist.

Are you a member of God’s family? Would you like to know more about being a member of this faith family? Contact Rev. Caroline Wilkinson, Associate Pastor, Membership Development, she will guide you through the membership process.

Rev. Caroline Wilkinson • Associate Pastor •

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