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Where is The Church

May 12, 2019

Once a month Cathy Greenawald and I meet with the Presbyterians of Pines Village to share the Lord's Supper.   Cathy often brings an article or a devotion to share with us.   Last week, she read to us from Ann Weems' wonderful book of poems called "Reaching for Rainbows" (Westminster Press, 1980, p 77-78). 

 

Cathy had chosen a poem titled "Where's the Church?"   When she had finished reading everyone who was there thought that the poem should be shared with the whole church. So here it is:

 

"Where Is The Church?"

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where a child of God brings a balloon

          is where old women come to dance

          is where young men see visions and old men dream dreams

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where lepers come to be touched

          is where the blind see and the deaf hear

          is where the lame run and the dying live

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where daisies bloom out of barren land

          is where children lead and wise men follow

          is where mountains are moved and walls come tumbling down

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where loaves of bread are stacked in the sanctuary to feed the hungry

          is where coats are taken off and put on the backs of the naked

          is where shackles are discarded and kings and shepherds sit down to live together

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where barefoot children run giggling in procession

          is where the minister is ministered unto

          is where the anthem is the laughter of the congregation and

                   the offering plates are full of people

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where the sea divides for the exiles

          is where the ark floats and the lamb lies down with the lion

          is where people can disagree and hold hands at the same time

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where night is day

          is where trumpets and drums and tambourines declare God's goodness

          is where lost lambs are found

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where people write thank you notes to God

          is where work is a holiday

          is where seeds are scattered and miracles are grown

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where home is

          is where heaven is

          is where a picnic is communion and people break bread together on their knees

 

The church of Jesus Christ

          is where we live responsively toward God's coming.

 

Even on Monday morning the world will hear

An abundance of alleluias!

 

May we at FPCValpo be such a church!

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Nancy Becker

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