Recently I ran across this thought: “Why do we think of a Church as a building instead of a group of people gathered around Word and Sacrament?” Also in my devotional readings, I read this thought about the same time: “In Leviticus 20, God places a high priority on relationships – those between Himself and His people and those between individuals among His people. This contrasts sharply with the laws of most pagan cultures of that day (and oftentimes our own), which placed first priority on property and possessions” (Today’s Light Bible, CPH 1999, p. 169).
So much emphasis in our culture is placed on getting the “right stuff” so you can be happy. And if the people around you don’t make you as happy as “you deserve” to be, then just dispose of them and replace them…. And yet God often uses the people around us (especially the difficult ones) to help us grow spiritually and mature as Jesus’ disciples. I also ran across an interesting quote from an unlikely source: “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn.
A building, like ours, can be important (especially if it promotes a vibrant, relational ministry with our Lord Jesus – which was a motivation for our Access for All process). Our Lenten Midweek series will focus on confessing and living our lives based on the centurion’s quote: “Truly, This Is the Son of God.” My prayer is that we at Zion grow stronger as a people gathered around and welcoming others to God’s Word and Sacrament Ministry.
See you in Divine Service,