Who Are We?
Evelyn Richardson of Nauvoo, IL, USA
The Temple is an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge. -Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Several years ago I was asked to prepare a short worship service for the gathering of the Seventy in Cedar Valley-Nauvoo Mission Center. I studied and prayed and asked the good Lord’s direction. My mind kept going to the question “What is the Church?” I also recalled a statement that our prophet, Steve Veazey had made saying, “I believe the Church of tomorrow will look quite different from the church of today.” Wow! All of a sudden my mind jumped to a children’s song I had learned years ago. The title “We Are the Church” seemed to answer my question, “What is the Church?”
The Church is not a building, the Church is not a steeple,
The Church is not a resting place, the Church is a people.
We’re many kinds of people with many kinds of faces,
All colors and all ages, too, from all times and places.
I count if I am ninety, or nine, or just a baby,
That’s one thing I am sure about, and I don’t mean maybe.
I am the Church! You are the Church! We are the Church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the Church together.
-Richard Avery and Donald Marsh, \xc2\xa9 1972 Hope Publishing Company
Get out of the building! Get out of the box! Be the Community of Christ!
“Over the years we melt into what we seek” (Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year).
We are in the threshold between seasons in the Christian calendar. You may have been noticing the physical transitions of the seasons wherever you live as some enter the depths of winter and others the warmth of summer. The seasons are a visible reminder that even among the most predictable rhythms and routines of our lives, change is always happening. The events of our moments, days, weeks, years form us and transform us over time. We enter each season different from when we arrived here last. This is the nature of this cyclical journey of faith. In these final days of the Christian calendar and the season of Ordinary time, there is opportunity to take a sacred pause, to notice how you arrive in this threshold. What have you been formed by this year? What has been deepening you as you’ve lived through another cycle of this life of faith?
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