The strength of the church comes from God, working in the hearts and lives of our members. I know that we all carry much with us when we come into church. We carry our joys and our heartaches, our hopes and longings. We don’t always voice these. In fact, we can sit next to someone in church and never fully know what is going on in their lives. The Apostle Paul sees the community of the church as a living entity, like a human body. He makes the analogy that we are the body of Christ: God has arranged the body so that there may be no dissension within the body. All the members care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” (I Corinthians 12: 24b-26). Paul sees us as deeply related and connected to one another. When one of us is hurting, all of us are touched by the suffering. When one rejoices, we all share in that joy. When we joined the church, we made a covenant. a promise and an agreement to care for one another. We reaffirm this covenant that connects us to each other and to God every time we baptize someone or welcome new members. This Sunday, we honor our covenant through our Better Together Sunday. We will take time in the worship service to talk about what keeps us up at night. We will listen to one another. We will pray for each other. When we share in this Sunday, we feel less isolated and less alone. We are being the Body of Christ, blessing each other with love and concern. Join us Sunday as we are a better congregation when we care and listen together, as God’s people.

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers
Senior Pastor, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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