- From the Life of the Early Church: Acts 2:42-47
- From the Letters of the Early Church: 1 Peter 2:19-25
- From the Gospel: John 10:1-10
The Hymns for this week are:
- 371 Open My Eyes, That I May See
- 747 Psalm 23
- 688 O Day of God, Draw Nigh
- 427 To Show by Touch and Word
The Sermon title is Communal Support
Early Thoughts: Early in our faith story we hear the question "am I my brother's keeper?". It appears that the answer may well be yes (sort of).
This passage from Acts talks a little bit about how the Early JEsus-community (this is before an organized church or the term Christian came about)tried to operate itself. ANd it appears that they were caring for each other in a way that most people these days would call communist.
But of course Marx has nothing on this group. THe early church sharedd what they had, not out of political-economic theory but out of faith. It was their way of living in the Way of the One who taught to love your neighbour as you love yourself. THey not only shared their wordly goods, they worshipped and prayed and ate together. Everything was done in common, life was shared completely.
We have a duty to care for each other, to that extent we are our brother's and sister's keepers. We are called to live so that all can live abundant lives. We are part of a community of faith. ANd you can't spell community without commun(e). Communal support is part of our faith.