Our first worship gathering!

 

After months of sketches and dreams and prayers and planning, we gathered for our first ever worship service this past Sunday. It was incredible.

Speaking of mysteries, we reflected on St. Paul’s “life work,” making known the mysterious, simple yet profound inclusive work of Christ.This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief.

As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.
— Ephesians 3:1-6 (The Message)

We sat in the round, gathered around the communion table, where we learned how to sing together, pray together, parade together (check out the video of our kids below!) and hear God's Spirit together. 

We sang classic hymns (Come Thou Fount, Be Thou My Vision) and more recent praise songs (Blessed Be Your Name, Oceans [Where Feet May Fall]) and sang Siyahamba (We Are Walking in the Light of God), a South African tune,  as our kids paraded out for their lesson during our sermon/meditation time.

We reflected on St. Paul's message to the church in Ephesus - what he described as his life work - that everyone, no matter who they were or where they came from were equal inheritors of God's love. You can hear the sermon, here.

Then everyone gathered back together around the Communion table where we celebrated the Eucharist, the mysterious stuff of this earth blessed and given in thanks for our journey together with Jesus. 

We're so excited for this next step as our journey at Christ Church. Our next worship gathering is October 12th at Friends of the Children (entrance and parking at 65 NE Stanton). Hope you can join us then at 4:30pm!