November 15, 2017
This Sunday is an important one, and you--yes, you--are invited to attend one of our worship opportunities at 9 am and 11 am. I hope there will not be a seat open on Sunday! I pray the halls are bustling with people, and there will be the sound of joyous feet on the tile, second only to the vibration of the love and laughter of many voices.
This is my hope because your presence builds confidence in the community to see each other showing up for one another. Experiencing the church together as the body of Christ is the best way to joyously declare, "Yes, I'm all in!"
Plymouth is a church that holds itself together in a variety of ways. We have many healthy ministries, many small group opportunities to build our faith and relationships with others. However, worshiping together regularly in unity is one of the expressions of our faith that we must hold as sacred and necessary. Hebrews 10:25 says: “So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. [Jesus] always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do, but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” (The Message translation)
Many times, the miracle of Jesus was simply him showing up! Alongside healing, feeding and loving the unlovable, Jesus performed the miracle of being available. Jesus declared, “This is my body...” with every engagement with people who desired to be accepted, loved and seen. Prioritizing community is one of the things Jesus calls us to be as the church. There is power in spurring one another on, in encouraging each other with our presence. I believe you will find more energy to do all of the things you must do when you make regular church attendance a part of your life.
With love and open arms, I welcome you all. See you Sunday! –Rev. Kelle Brown
Please note: There will be no paper edition of the Herald next week. The online edition will be published as usual. The church building will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24