One of the most important meanings of “church” is community. We live in what can be a scary world and we need each other. When we gather as “the church” we offer the love and grace of Christ to each other and the hour we share may be the very thing that helps many of us make it through the week. It is also the place where we share our joys and thanksgivings. Together we celebrate the goodness of God and what God’s presence means in our lives.
I have mentioned the retreat I participated in last month with about nine other pastors. We began each session singing songs of the faith. It has always been my contention that somewhere deep within me is a singer, but as much as I love music and singing I am not a confident singer and singing in a small group can be very inhibiting. But this was a different experience for me-there were some strong singers in our group and together we made beautiful music. As we sang I found that singing in the warmth of that community gave me the confidence to sing with abandon. What happened there is what happens in the church.
Together we are stronger and can do more good than as individuals—and we only need look around us to be reminded that there is so much that needs to be done. We experienced it again a few weeks ago when Bread participated in a Kickball Tournament that benefited veterans. As a team we shared the love and grace of Christ in a way we couldn’t have done as individuals.
Jesus didn’t try to carry out his mission alone—he gathered a motley crew who became his friends and together they served God as a community of believers. That is exactly what happens to us as we gather together as Bread Fellowship.
AS IS OUR TRADITION--BREAD FELLOWSHIP WILL NOT MEET ON
SUNDAYS IN AUGUST
Even though we will not meet on Sundays we gather during the week. Watch Bread Lines for more information.