July 2nd, 2014

This summer is full of family reunions for me. I’m spending the 4th of July holiday in the Bay Area with my siblings. At the end of the month Will and I are headed to Minnesota for a reunion with his side of the family. And while we’re there, we’ll be joining with the “family” of classmates we grew up with at our 40th high school reunion. I’m already anticipating the fun of sharing stories and memories from the past, while also catching up with what’s happening now. I look forward to these opportunities to reconnect and strengthen the bonds of community with people who have been and continue to be a part of my life.


In some ways our weekly worship is like a family reunion. We gather every Sunday to hear how God was active in the stories of our ancestors in faith, and how God continues to act in our stories today. In our time together–through water, word, song, prayer, meal and fellowship–we reconnect as brothers and sisters in Christ, strengthened as a church family in mutual support.


Last spring in our adult learning sessions, we talked about the metaphor of “family” for church. Families, like the church, aren’t perfect. But they can still be a place of acceptance, love and challenge, giving us lots of opportunities to learn how to grow into the people God intended us to be. That’s why the Bible wants us to take advantage of these weekly family reunions: “….to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another..” (Hebrews 10:24-25).


Besides that, it’s never the same when someone’s not there. So don’t miss our reunions over the summer…see you in worship!


Glad to be part of the family,

Pastor Gretchen Bingea