May Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In this column this year, we are going to focus on what it means to be a member of, or attached to, a church. Last month, we looked at the fact that every area of our life is to reflect the love of Christ.

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The Book of Order, which defines our day to day activities as a Presbyterian congregation, states that another aspect of being a faithful member means that we are to “work in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment.”

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus highlighted that one of the places of blessedness was to be a peacemaker. When we choose to make peace, we are then called the children of God. This is our goal as followers of Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace.

Now while this sounds great, making peace is more difficult than it sounds—especially in our world and society that is so divided. We humans naturally like to divide ourselves along a wide spectrum of distinguishing features. The problem today is that so many seek to divide instead of unite. Many seek to focus on differences instead of what we have in common. Many are pointing emotional fingers, identifying those who are the cause of the problems instead seeking to find ways to bring us together.

Being peacemakers means that we are to respond as James has identified in his letter, “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger for the anger of a human does not achieve the righteousness of God.”(1:19-20) What a difference if we all spent more time listening and less time arguing. What a difference in our world if we all spent more time seeking places of agreement instead of finding places of where anger is inflamed. We would transform the world if we practiced this simple advice!

Please remember that we are the faithful ones. And so as members and attenders of the Church, when we live out the love of Christ, we show others that we are truly grounded in grace, that we live in love, and are growing for God.

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Mark