I Left The Door

Yesterday . . . Sunday . . . was beautiful, bright, and together.

I’m one of those that grew up in the era that Sunday was about “going to church” and I loved it.

BUT.

My son, Tim,  said it best to me yesterday, “RDC (The Red Door Community Church) is not about going to a place but about being in relationship.”

By the way, Tim said I could quote him.

He challenged me to continue breaking free of  the traditional markers of a successful church and to move forward with the vision of developing a community who invites and welcomes everyone to the “table.”

He’s right.  There’s more to church than the traditions of the last few decades.  I’ve believed forever that the church is to be like the kitchen table where everyone is valued, seen, and heard through the presence of God’s love.

BUT.

It’s a process for people who don’t know each other, who don’t share the same life-experiences, and who are in different stages of life.

AND.

It’s a sacrifice of time and energy to be a part of something beyond the daily busyness of life.

THE THING IS . . .

 it takes a commitment to become a faith community as well as a reliance on the Spirit of God to do a uniting work . . .

with the belief that it’s key to living the best life.

SO.

Our beginning church is learning the power of intentionally reserving time to gather, to believe, to share hope, and to be a community of faith.

FOR YOU TO KNOW . . .

I usually stand at the door at the end of service to shake hands and connect with people as they leave . . .

it’s what I’ve done for most of the years I’ve been in ministry.

BUT.

 Yesterday everyone stayed, taking extra time to connect with one another.  The sanctuary was filled with sounds that reach the soul as our community talked and laughed together.  The simplicity of it all was powerful.

It’s what happens when the Spirit of God is invited into the process and people choose to be a part of the uniting work of becoming a community, inviting everyone to the table.

I left the door–Kerrie

 

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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