March 20th, 2015 - John 17 Service Reflections

Ryan Thurman 

When it comes to the call to Christian unity we live in tension.  Through our redemption in Christ we were given the gift of being brought into the unity of the Trinity, which provides the model and source of our unity with our brothers and sisters. Although unity is a gift, we are to be active participants.   We are called to, make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Eph 4:3).  

 Our Gathering on March 20th was a beautiful expression of this.  We came together in our diversity male and female, young and old, clergy and lay, up-front servant, and behind-the-scene servant, light skin and dark skin.  We worshipped in English and in Spanish.  We gave thanks and celebrated the unity we are now experiencing together as well as the expectancy that God is moving us deeper and farther in the days ahead. 

 God also brought us to face the painful reality that, “Our divisions are a monstrous act of disobedience.”  And that His heart is broken around our divisions and He invites us enter into this grieving with Him.  To feel this pain deeply, to sit with it and allow it draw us in humility, to own our sinful attitudes and actions that deepen existing divisions and even create new ones.  God met with us and gave us great grace to confess and turn from our sins and we experienced His forgiveness, cleansing, refreshment and renewed energy to, “Make the unity of the Body of Christ our passionate concern.”