Good Folks, it is Friday, January 25, 2019.
Sir Thomas Beecham was the founder of the London Philharmonic and the Beecham Opera Company. Beecham once traveled to a certain city to appear as the guest conductor. During the first rehearsal, he quickly noticed that the orchestra was not well trained. As the rehearsal continued, he became more and more frustrated. Finally, he had to stop the musicians for the third time at the same place in the score. One of the musicians protested: “Well, just how do you want us to play?” Sir Thomas looked at him and calmly suggested, “Together.” Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality
For many years, I had the opportunity to play team sports in college; after college in city-league teams; and even had the honor of playing in some church softball teams (Hint, Hint, Hint). It is playing on a team that gives a group of folks an opportunity to achieve the desired goal: winning. However, never at the price of unfair play, mind you…
The church’s goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28) TOGETHER. We are called as a church, one church – one group of folks – one community of faith, to work at achieving that goal – TOGETHER. It is amazing how far First Church Duncanville has come. It has weathered the storms of adversity, division, and dissent in its history. Not all have agreed in all matters of the church. What family does agree upon all things? However, what we do hold in common is greater than that which divides us…even now. We hold in common the grace of God, the love of Christ, and the power of God’s Spirit. We hold in common developing friendships that will last a lifetime. We hold in common the very essence of life in Christ that is freeing and unfettered.
We work constantly towards working together, praying together, and strengthening the body called the Church to be in missions to our entrusted community TOGETHER. I like what Paul writes to the church in Ephesus in chapter four, verse 16: from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
Remember my prayers when I would say: “Lord, you are doing a new thing. How can I / we be part of this?” God is doing a new thing at and through First Church Duncanville. I am proud of you church! Honored to be here as pastor and fellow-laborer, TOGETHER.
You are invited to invite someone to church. Text them or call.
Let me hear from you.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
…for just as the body is one and have many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. First Corinthians 12:12-13 (NRSV)