Here is what I wrote as the opening letter for our February Newsletter here at the Presbyterian Church:
â€œYou are no longer foreigners and aliens but fellow citizens with Godâ€™s people and members of Godâ€™s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling place in which God lives by His Spirit.â€ Ephesians 2:19-22
What is the church? It may seem like an easy question, but itâ€™s one that those of us who gather in the building at the corner of Washington and Main in Henderson must answer in the coming year. We talk about the church like it is our building. â€œIâ€™m going down to the church for dinner.â€ â€œBring your canned goods to the church.â€ â€œWe need to put a new roof on the church.â€ Yet, the bricks and mortar that make up our building are not holy, and they are not where Godâ€™s spirit dwells.
The church is not the building, but the people. We are the church! Each one of us is a brick in something far greater than each of us could be on our own. We are called to stand with Jesus Christ, the vital cornerstone and with all of us standing together, the author of Ephesians tells us that we become a dwelling place where God lives!
We need every brick to have a strong church! Each member brings unique talents and strengths to share with the Body of Christ. Each person makes us a greater dwelling place for the Spirit of God. There is a place for you in the structure that we are building at the corner of Washington and Main. Come and join us! Youâ€™ll find us in the big brick structure with the steeple!
In Christ’s Service,