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It’s easy to think about the church as a pasture. After all, “He makes me lie down in green pastures,” is a beloved image from the 23rd Psalm. But there is a danger in “dwelling” on this image. It tempts us to think in terms of safety within, and danger without. It tempts us to focus our energy on the edge, the fence, the boundary, to get the sheep in and keep the wolves out.
But Jesus also said the church is like a well! “I will give you the water of life” he said. This image reminds us that the church is not called to be a fenced-in, fearful folk, but stewards of a community resource, like a well in the center of a village. Some people live nearby and use the well daily. Others are passing through, or seeking help, and use the well just once. And there are neighbors near and far, sometimes moving closer, sometimes farther away, but all related to that center point, the well of God’s grace that we know in Jesus Christ.
In a world that is often chaotic, that tempts the church to retreat to the safety of its pasture (which sort of sounds like “past” doesn’t it?), the people of Grace Church are committed to remembering that God has dug a well here, a well of living water for everyone who needs it. Grace abounds, refreshing, and giving new life. Come to the well, and drink!
9:00 a.m. in the Parlor - Pastor's Discovery Class!
I always look forward to a chance to spend time in conversation with newer worshippers each year, and I strongly encourage you to join me and others for a time of learning and discussion: in addition to your “burning questions.”
We will touch on Grace’s history, worship, sacraments, and some other Christian basics at my “Discovery Class:” 9:00am Sunday mornings in the Church Parlor, October 16 through November 13, 2016
God bless you, and I hope to see you then! Pastor Steve Verkouw