What many churches are much of the time, though not all churches are all of the time
I read the following description of the church in a wonderful book titled Simply Christian by N. T. Wright. While some people bear a negative image of the church, for many “church” is....
“a place of welcome and laughter, of healing and hope,
of friends and family and justice and new life. It’s where
the homeless drop by for a bowl of soup and the elderly
stop by for a chat. It’s where one group is working to
help drug addicts and another is campaigning for global justice.
It’s where you’ll find people learning to pray, coming to faith,
struggling with temptation, finding new purpose, and getting
in touch with a new power to carry that purpose out. It’s
where people bring their own small faith and discover, in
getting together with others to worship the one true God,
that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
No church is like this all the time. But a remarkable number
of churches are partly like that for quite a lot of the time.”
That’s what I pray for the congregation of which I am a part, for West Morris Street Free Methodist Church, and for every congregation.
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