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Pastor's Letter by Bro. Rudy

October 2018

Show Up for the Sake of Others

This week, Carolyn Moore, the pastor at Mosaic United Methodist Church, wrote an article entitled “How to  Act in Church.”  The article took a look at Paul’s teaching in the 6th chapter of Galatians.  One of her points was, Show up for the sake of others, not just yourself.
Does her description of the modern church fit you or some you know:  “The contemporary posture of churchgoing is pretty self-centered.  We go to “get fed,” or to satisfy our own music or worship tastes.  Community, however is built on the principle of other-centeredness.  We show up for church not just for ourselves, but for  the sake of others.”
When I read that, I thought about a couple I met sometime back.  They had been to worship here for a special service.  They told me later that they had prayed about becoming a part of this church but they knew they were needed where they were.  Their church is much smaller than ourselves.  They knew they would have some  opportunities here that their church does not provide, but those at their church needed them.  
As a Christ-Follower, being in a community of faith for worship and discipleship is important for your faith journey.  But have you considered that it is also important for the sake of others’ faith journey?  Carolyn went  on to say; “We show up in small groups not just for our own edification, but so we can build others up, because we who are committed to community get it that sometimes we need them and sometimes they need us.”
The Apostle Paul taught in several letters about the importance our presence makes on others.  In Galatians 6  he put it this way; “Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter  into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and  experience.”  (Galatians 6:6; The Message)   
See you Sunday for the Sake of Others.

-  Rudy