Thursday, 26 April 2012

Newsletter Reflection for Sunday 29 April 2012: A World-wide Community

Ashgrove West Uniting Church

Good morning,

Many of you will know I’m involved in lupus activism.  I’m a very inactive activist, in that all I do is on the internet so I don’t actually have to go anywhere or do anything.  (Going places and doing things can be quite problematic for me at times.)

On 10 May, people with lupus and their carers, around the world are recognising World Lupus Day.  (No, you don’t need to throw me a party or give me presents.) Planning for World Lupus Day has made me think about the world-wide lupus community.  We’ve created an informal on-line network. Any time, day or night, anyone with lupus needs to talk to someone who understands, there’s someone free on Twitter.  We’ll probably never meet face-to-face, but we’re a supportive community anyway.

That’s what the Christian church is like as well. We form a community that transcends the boundaries of nations, and in the church’s case, even of time.  At any time, some Christian somewhere in the world (in fact, probably many Christians in many parts of the world) is praying.  At any time, somewhere in the world, some Christian is offering service to another person in Jesus’ name.  At any time, somewhere in the world, some Christian is standing up for what they believe is right. At any time, somewhere in the world, some Christian is struggling with faith and doubt.

This is who the church is – not only the people we see together on Sunday morning – but people all around the world, people who have lived from the time of Jesus until now, people like you and me. Most of them we will never meet in this lifetime, but we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Grace and peace

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