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It is exciting to feel like you belong. That feeling of arrival – like sitting down to a homemade meal with your closest friends – brings a sense of inclusion like nothing else can. Everyone, no matter where they are in life, needs to know they belong. Something inside of us longs to be pursued, to be valued. This is what we here a Pennway hope all of you feel when we gather. You do belong here.
The word “church” means different things to different people. For some, it awakens warm feelings of childhood potlucks and singing. For others, it might trigger a more sour feeling, a subtle tensing of the shoulders. People’s reactions to the church are as varied as their individual histories. But what is God’s intention for the church? When God initiated the church, He had in mind a heartfelt connection of diverse people. He said that the greatest love we could show was to lay down our lives for our friends. There is no greater belonging that the one God intended in the church. The church is a community of people committed to doing life together and knowing the God of love. Through thick and thin, these are the friends who stay by our side. God wants each of us to find a place of belonging in His family.
This is why we will have some smaller groups for many of you to join. We want you to feel connected to other believers so that you feel that you belong with this church. The church is not a building. It is a community of people brought together to experience God’s love and purpose. That is why we are going to study through the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus this fall in our sermons. We are the church. We are a place to belong. That is the emphasis for our Kick-off Sunday. We hope that all of us will invite friends to come and find a place to belong here with us at Pennway. To belong means to be connected to God – to belong in His family. To belong means to be connected to others in the church – to belong to each other. To belong means to be connected to those in the world – to belong in God’s mission in the world. You belong! May we help others know they too belong!
In His Service,