"But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”
I am a big believer in the power of the story. Not just in the power of creative and imaginative storytelling, but in the power that exists in our individual stories and how they are interwoven with the story of God’s creation and the story of salvation through the love, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the coming weeks and months, our services will involve sharing some of our stories with each other -- stories of our lives, of our faith, our joys and sorrows and our hopes and dreams.
Being part of the body of Christ means being willing to share your story. But before we share it with others, we have to be able to share it with ourselves; we have to be able to identify our own stories and be comfortable with them before we can share them with others around us. So, I invite you to take some time this week to consider your story by considering (or revisiting) the answers to some of these questions:
▪ What were three formative experiences in your life?
▪ What have been your best and worst experiences in a church setting?
▪ Who are three people who have influenced your faith and how did they do it?
▪ How would you describe the influence of Jesus in your life?
▪ How important is faith in your life and why?
▪ Is there an experience of the Divine for which you have a strong desire?
▪ In the last week, how have you experienced God’s presence in your life?
For most of us, these are topics that are present in our minds, but which we rarely solemnize by articulation in our own words. Note, too, that the answer to the last question might be the most significant and is certainly the most dynamic. The more we question where God is is being revealed, the more we are open to those revelations.
May the peace and love of Christ be with you now and always.
October 6, 2017 - 12:00 am
500 W. 40th St. KCMO 64111(816)931-1858sunday mornings at 11:30