Have you ever stopped to think about how much church is like a family? I’m not talking the Norman Rockwell – Leave it to Beaver ideal image of a family, and I’m not talking about the fact that some refer to the priest as ‘father’ or ‘mother. I am referring more to a ‘normal’ family with all the brokenness and dysfunction that exists. It’s like the family with a crazy Uncle Joe, who you only see at Thanksgiving. You know, he’s the one who wears the different color socks and plaid pants. Or it could be more like an Aunt Ruthie who knitted you the sweater that you’ve worn once and stuck in the back of your closet. It’s full of family members that we love and some that we just tolerate, and could even include some that remain at a distance. Families are quirky, peculiar, interesting, exciting, emotional, and messy; however, families are inseparable.
Churches are much like families. There are some members who are nurturing and loving and some who are different and challenging, but all in all, a family of faith is really no different than a ’normal’ family, and just as messy.
We are ALL children of God. And, if we are all children of God, then we are ALL part of God’s ONE family; “ONE family under God.” We are ALL brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Regardless of how different and challenging we may be, we are related in our baptism and are part of the ONE family. With that relation-ship, no one and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:38-39)
The unity in our church family is what holds us together in times of stress and challenge. It is God’s love that causes us, in our brokenness, to hold one another up in prayer and support, like we would in a family. Families celebrate together as well as cry together. Families sometimes squabble and sometimes agree. It’s never a full time delight, but can often be delightful. The key is that we stick together and be there for one another.
That’s how families work. That’s how the church works. It’s not always a feel good respite of joy and glee. It can often be a challenge and require some extra work, but most of all, it requires us to show up. The only way we can learn and be nurtured by a community or a family is to be an active participant. Showing up is half the task. The other half is that once you’re here, you let yourself be formed, informed, and transformed by the experience so that you want to share it with others and make them part of the family. To go out proclaiming the Gospel and reaching out to the world, teaching them, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and bringing them into the family. (Matthew 28:19-20)
We want our Trinity family to grow in spiritual health and vitality. So this program year, we are focusing on how Trinity is “ONE family under God.” Our teaching from September to May will focus on the relationship aspects of family and community and how we are ALL called as Christians to be our brother/sister’s keeper in this world.
To kick off the season, we are calling everyone to show up to the Trinity Family Reunion on Homecoming Sunday – September 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. where we will worship together in ONE service followed by brunch. Let us know you will be there so that we know how much food to prepare! To RSVP, Text HOME to 443.743.3999