Church is one of those distinct areas of the world today where we deal with a whole community of people - and people we wouldn't necessarily know outside of church, at that. When we pray with, sing with, and eat with people over so many years, they inevitably make a difference in our lives.
When I first came to the SCM, I barely knew anyone in Wisconsin. I had no idea what it meant to live in a rural area, and didn't know whether or not we'd all be able to get along as a church. I had nightmares of torches and pitchforks, that somehow I'd offend people so greatly that I'd show up one Sunday and the locks would be changed.
But people are people are people. And We all cared about each other and God, and really, that's what matters. And by being able to share our lives together over the past few years - being together during celebrations and tragedies, births and deaths and everything in between - you as a community have taught me so much about what it means to be a part of a church. We're never done learning. God's not done with us yet.
Who in our church family has made a difference in your spiritual life?
For many of us, church has always been a part of our lives. For others, we're more newcomers to the faith - or at least, to organized religion. But one way or the other, something has brought us here and kept us coming. Church holds a special place in each of our hearts. For me, church was where I learned how to sing. Church was where I learned about how privileged I was and some of the ways I could care for other people. Church taught me the greatest story ever told. And Church was where I met David.
Since I came to the Shared Covenant Ministries in 2013, I have learned more than I ever imagined about how to be the lead pastor of a church. I have loved more people than I ever imagined possible and felt loved by more people than I ever thought would care about me and my family. It's been such a blessing to be a part of this community.
Yesterday, we collected Heart Cards from some of you about what you love about church. Here's what a few of them said:
How about you? What do you love about church? Add them to the comments below.