“Together: Created for Community”

Dear Friends,
“As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” -1 Corinthians 12:20 (NIV)
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” -1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
My family and I just returned from a week-long camping trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern MN. There were seven in our group, total. Seven people together 24/7 for six days straight in the primitive wilderness is a true exercise in teamwork and building community. It’s critical to the success of a trip like this that all work together – cook together, clean up together, paddle together, portage gear together – all the while encouraging one another as part of this temporary and unique community.
I reflect on this recent experience as I am mentally preparing for our fall preaching and worship series at First UMC, beginning on Rally Sunday, September 9, entitled, “Together: Created for Community.”
The series will explore similar themes of how God draws us – His people – together – into this unique community we call The Church. For The Church also, to succeed and be most effective in our world, it too, must work together, serve together, love together, play together – all the while, encouraging one another within the community it creates.
First UMC is a unique community of faith and reminds me of my recent time in the BWCA. Amid the ongoing, expected, and ever-present challenges of shared life and living, there is also laughter, joy, acceptance, love, and warmth. We enjoy being together in community. Indeed, we are together, created for community. This unique community however, shouldn’t begin or end at the doors of First UMC. As our preaching series will explore, we are to live out this community of faith that we are each a part of both within and beyond the walls of our church. Specifically, the series will explore how we are Created for Community, Called by Jesus, United in Christ, and Sent to Serve.
With a jigsaw puzzle as our logo, we will seek to understand and embrace the words of the apostle, Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, “As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (12:20) and, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (12:27) Click here to find out more.
Make sure to join us in September as we explore and celebrate what it means to be this unique community of faith at First UMC. Better yet, be sure to invite a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker to come with you and experience a community that they might just be looking for.
See you in Church!
Pastor Dale