by Melissa Guthrie Loy–
I’m not sure togethering is a word. But I read it yesterday and I liked it. And I think First Christian does a good job “togethering.” Let me say more.
Yesterday was my final meeting with the Commission on Ministry. This group has journeyed with me toward ordination (set for Nov. 26–here are details on that celebration!) Amanda Kerr was there, too, for her first conversation with the commission. We met at Wilson’s Mills Christian Church in Clayton. I enjoy picking up materials from other churches and I scanned Wilson’s Mills newsletter while there. Rev. Dr. Lea Slaton had written to her congregation about togethering.
She described the way church members gather together for worship. For learning. For meals. In times of crises. In times of celebration.
Pastor Lea could have been writing to us here at FCC Greensboro.
Just today members and friends prayed together before a surgery. A couple of folks had coffee together this morning, sharing concerns and hopes. Members and friends are (still) together on a trip to Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookie Company. (I can’t help but wonder how many cookies they’ve sampled. Are they bringing any back with them?) A church member and a FedEx employee unloaded pecans together. The choir will sing together tonight. Table Talk folks are preparing and serving a meal together tomorrow at a local shelter. The list could go on…and on.
Matthew 18:20 tells us “where two or three are gathered together in my name…there I am with them.”
Present in the mundane, present in the fun. Present in our trials, present in our times of joy. It’s a simple promise–but a powerful promise. And I’m grateful to be a part of all the togethering around here. Certainly, I need my space. I need time to get myself together. But what a joy to be a part of and to observe all the togethering. The word is growing on me. Thanks, Pastor Lea, for the image of all this togethering.
Maybe you’re connected. Maybe you want to know about opportunities to connect. Or opportunities to serve. (Click those links–there are just a few ways we are togethering.) Do you know we’re togethering with groups around town? (And the world, too. It would take a lot of space and time to share it all.)
Today, friends, know that wherever and however you gather with one or two, God is present with you.
Do you live alone? Are you spending time alone or do you feel alone? We’re thinking about you and there’s a place for you in all this togethering.
About the photo: Togethering at Sunday Night Youth