Jesus turned to those who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”
John 8:31-32 “The Message”
For the past several months a group has been gathering on Wednesday evenings (at the same time as our Catalyst Youth Group) to discuss the previous week’s sermon and discuss the text for the upcoming week. With the “Longest Night” service this week and Christmas and New Years the following two weeks, we will be taking a three-week break from those studies. Which seems a perfect time to adjust our focus and begin a different study for a while.
So, we are going to spend the first several weeks of 2014 discovering who we are, both as a denomination, and as a local community of faith. There will be three “types” of lessons, but each will allow us to allow us the opportunity to examine who we are as people of faith, as a community of faith and as a wider denomination within the Christian faith. The lessons will be different each week, so if you can’t make it one time, you don’t have to worry about “catching up.”
Some weeks we will watch videos of presentations from the 2013 General Assembly. These presentations help us stay in touch with the larger denomination and allow us to experience worship, and preaching, in a wider variety of ways than we normally do as we gather in worship. Following these videos we will have a brief time of discussion about the video and what that means for us in Marshfield.
Other weeks we will watch a short video developed by the denomination to help us further understand our identity as Disciples of Christ. These short videos will be followed by a time of questions and discussion. This discussion will enable us to take a closer look at the unique qualities that define us as individuals, as a community of faith and as part of a larger denomination.
And the third “style” will guide us through scripture and the history of the church to provide the much-needed perspective of how we arrived at this place. These meetings will help us to understand our local church, our mission and our history. All of these elements together provide us with a full and nuanced understanding of who we are as a local church, and as part of the larger denomination of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
It doesn’t matter if you have been attending MCC for many years, or if you are new to our community of faith, it is my honest belief that these Wednesday night meetings will help all of us! I hope you will join us for as many of these meetings as you can! And if you haven’t been able to come in the past, maybe a New Year’s Resolution is a way to get yourself started. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evenings, starting January 8th!