It’s no wonder, then, that when the church gathers to rejoin the biblical story in worship, the reality of koinonia comes to such palpable expression. We know such closeness to God and those around us when we harmonize a hymn, share the bread and cup, take each other’s hand in passing the peace or saying hello, wink at a child peering over the next pew, speak our prayers of confession, wait together in silence, come to the altar rail for prayer or healing, receive a word of blessing. As we share with others in the worship of God, we become intimately bound up with God and one another in more ways than we know.
—Paul Lynd Escamilla, “The Meaning of Community,” The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent Reader, compiled by Benjamin Howard (Upper Room Books, 2019)
In what ways has your community helped to form you? How do you help your community form others? Join the conversation.
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.
—Romans 12:4–5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, thank you for what is just around the corner. In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, I await the coming of the most beautiful light.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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