“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
“Church” is not something you can watch on TV. It is something that happens when a group of people gather in the name of Jesus. Gathering is not our action, but the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore if you are reading this, it might just be God calling you to something new, to a community of faith such as St. Paul.
The Holy Spirit gathers us primarily in worship, where the gifts of Baptism, Communion, and the Word make us children of God, feed us and help us to grow spiritually, and then send us to serve and share the Good News of Jesus who loves and saves all people.
Small groups are another important way the church gathers. In small groups you will get to know 6-12 people on a regular basis. You can share what’s going on in your life, learn about the Christian faith and have the chance to ask questions and add your own perspective, and experience the powerful gift of praying together.
Retreats can be a meaningful gathering away in a peaceful setting away from the demands of home. In the winter there is typically an annual adult retreat with time for games and fun, time for quiet and reflection, as well as focusing on a specific theme that offers renewal or a new connection with God.
Fellowship events are also an opportunity to gather. Whether it is a meal or a golf outing or a picnic, fun gatherings are a way to meet new people, laugh and enjoy the gifts that God gives in friendship, food, and creation.
Do you gather with others in the name of Jesus? Would you like to see what it is all about? The hardest part is showing up for the first time. May the Holy Spirit strengthen you and draw you into a Christ-centered community.