Our minister is away this week – something about a personal life that he supposedly has – and last week our worship leader was out – something silly about getting married recently – and this week the two absences are combining into a perfect storm of unity.
Mark Hammitt, from Athletes in Action, is bringing a group of student athletes from Xavier University to share their testimonies. And some recent high-school graduates who attend Faith Church are leading the worship today. And to tie it all back around, I ride the bus with Roddy Bullock, who attends Faith Church and leads a monthly men’s meeting there. I just gave him positive feedback on Daniel, Ben, and Henry from Faith Church, who are leading worship at Connections today, and who Roddy knows.
What – is this some new wave of ecumenicism sweeping our formerly conservative church? Nope. Not at all. We’re living out our vision, which is to connect people to a loving God and each other through a relationship with Jesus.
This lunacy has a Biblical basis. Ephesians 4:3-6 says
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I think that’s an outgrowth of the Old Testament Shema
Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad
Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One
And He is a unifying God, not a divisive God. That works at the levels of nations, cities, churches, families, and individuals. And I am so glad that it does.