“Village People”

Read: Ephesians 2:11-22

Church has been defined in many different ways by many different people. But in the Bible it is referred to as the people of God, not a specific building or place. This is very evident in this passage from Ephesians 2. It is a testimony that we need each other, and we need to fulfill God’s call upon our lives together as his people.

I recently read a very interesting article by Susan Allison- Jones entitled “It takes a village.” In this article she talked about how the church family was such an important part of her families life. She said, “From day one, our daughter was embraced and loved by this wonderful community.”

She talked about how her husband and her were co-pastors of a congregation and how the people in the church would often care for their children on Sunday mornings without even being asked. This village of people also pulled together to help each other in many other ways beyond Sunday mornings.

The church often gets negative press when something goes wrong, but I sure wish the news would tell about all the positive things that come from these village people who follow Christ. We are so blessed to have each other and to join together in facing the good, bad, and difficult things that life throws at us. I am so thankful to have brothers and sisters who are walking this path with me.

In her article Susan ends by writing, “The village gives us perspective, relief, and peace of heart and mind. The village gives our children an inter-generational group of people not found in many other settings in our busy, complex world. It does take a village to raise a child. And we are thankful for those who have been and are part of our village.”

And I couldn’t agree more! Let’s give thanks for our church family and tell each other how much we appreciate these relationships. I often hear people say, “I don’t know what I would do without my church family!” I can say the same!

Make it personal: Give thanks to God this week for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. We are very blessed. Also give thanks to God for this village of AMC people. Our church family is a blessing in so many ways!

Have a great 4th,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church