Doing Something in the Present
Sunday, May 24th, was a great day in the life of our church. We might even say a great day in the history of our church.
It began with a beautiful 11 o’clock worship hour, as we remembered those who gave their lives in service of our country as part of our Memorial Day observance. We also honored our language ministry and reflected on how the gospel is not bound to one nation or another, but binds all of God’s people together love.
Last but certainly not least, we marked the end of the Easter season with our celebration of Pentecost Sunday and the continued gift of the Holy Spirit. The sanctuary was adorned with red, orange and yellow tulle fabric draped from the rafters, and many of you responded to our invitation to wear bright, vibrant colors. The Spirit was alive and moving in our sanctuary, and it only continued late that day as we moved to the sanctuary around the corner and the joint worship service with our brothers and sisters at First Baptist Church on New Street.
It was a powerful time of worship together, with beautiful music led by our combined choirs, communion served by our combined diaconate, and the signing of a covenant to grow in our relationship together and serve our community. The covenant reads as follows:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us! We covenant before God and with each other, “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” in Macon, GA by being a witness to the body of Christ through our developing relationship and through recognizing our shared history. We covenant, therefore, to worship, fellowship, and serve our community together and will establish tutoring and mentoring programs in our public schools.
On Sunday I shared a quote I came upon recently that has helped frame, for me, all we hope to do as part of this covenant. Catholic theologian Herbert McCabe writes, “The real sin of disunity within the church does not lie in what has happened in the past. It lies in what is not happening in the present, in our failure to heal these divisions.”
As I said on Sunday I say here again: I’m proud to say that we as a church, with our brothers and sister around the corner, are doing something in the present!
I could not be more excited about this partnership and all the possibilities it will bring for us to live out our ministry and mission in new and even historic ways. The Spirit is alive and moving here among us and I cannot wait to see where it takes us as we begin our formal visioning process this fall.