Christian Church in Nebraska
eUpdate: Keeping Disciples Informed
Dear Friends –
When I consider the number of partnerships that you all participate in at the local level I am filled with gratitude and a sense of wonder. In meeting with ministers and Elders from seven different churches last week, I heard of how you all are part of co-hosting community-wide VBS’s, congregations are sharing worship space and/or pastors, mission is being done in and through local food and clothing pantries, and clergy are gathering for mutual support and edification.
Paul wrote the Church in Ephesus, “…[I] beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
You are to be affirmed. We Disciples are forging partnerships that serve our communities in ways beyond our own imaginations, and yet within our grasps.
I wonder, though. In what way(s) do partnerships offer you an opportunity to be transformed?
Meditate on Ephesians 4’s opening lines. Plumb them for what they might mean for you today. Are Paul’s words calling you to a deeper relationship in your partnerships?
As for me, I am listening and learning and exploring the question of our Region’s partnerships.
Partnerships are often forged to serve a purpose. I am wondering if maybe they also serve a purpose beyond their stated external function. The question that I am trying to carry with me as I meet with each of you is, “Do partnerships invite us into right relationships with ourselves and one another in the spirit of humility, gentleness, patience, and love as we live into the gift of God’s unity and peace.”
Please share your wonderings, and reflections, with me – by email, phone, or in-person.
With God’s Peace
Rev. Chris Morton, Regional Minister
(Disciples of Christ)
“As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. In Christ’s name and by his grace, we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.
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