Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, May 29:
Monday: Ephesians 2:1-10
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:11-21
Wednesday: Ephesians 3:1-13
Thursday: Ephesians 3:14-21
Friday: Ephesians 4:1-16
Saturday: Ephesians 4:17-32
“Living Into Community"
In the book, Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us, author Dr. Christine D. Pohl begins with this quote, “Stop wasting time running after the perfect community. Live your life fully in your community today.” (Jean Vanier, Community and Growth) But how to do that is a very challenging question.
Most people would agree that human beings were made for living in community, and it is in community that we flourish and become most fully human. Unfortunately, experiences of moral failure, group meltdowns, personal pettiness and partisan harshness in congregations often make us wonder if our efforts invested in community living are worth the trouble.
Dr. Pohl writes that community life even at church cannot be separated from the messiness and disappointments that are a part of human relationships. But instead of throwing in the towel and abandoning any hope of something better, Dr. Pohl writes that good communities and life-giving congregations can emerge in the midst of such situations where amazingly divine grace and human effort intersect. It is the underlying assumption of Dr. Pohl’s book that efforts invested in community living are vital in that they help us grow to be more like Christ.
Dr. Pohl believes that we can “live into community” through four practices which she believes are worth our effort. These four practices will be the focus of study this summer in Bible classes and sermons. They are as follows: embracing gratitude as a way of life, making and keeping promises, living truthfully and practicing hospitality. Each will be developed in ways that are designed to help build up our community of faith into the likeness of Christ.
We request that you prayerfully consider attending both our Adult Bible Class and worship this summer to learn how to grow together in the community of Christ here at Sunset Ridge Church of Christ.