Love God and Love Our Neighbor
Jesus told his first friends, "...love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and likewise, "...love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22: The Great Commandment)
Re-connecting to the Reconciling Love of God
Jesus commission his first friends to be conduits which would allow people to be restored in God's love. "Go...make disciples [Jesus-followers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28: The Great Commission)
As Jesus' friends we are reconnecting as we encounter other people; we embody that reconciling love; we extend God's love into our communities.
Blessed Trinity Church (Anglican) in El Cajon (5 minutes east of San Diego) is a group of Jesus-followers who are re-connecting with the reconciling love of God. Not only is the love of God transforming us in image of God, we live each day on behalf of others so they to might have their life touch by the love of God.
[The following four priorities are a starting place for our discussion and mission as Jesus-followers at Blessed Trinity Church. I'm hoping you will join the conversation we're having together. -father keith acker (pastor)]
We welcome others, to enter into the beauty of holiness. We don't entertain. We are more about making space that together we might be in God's presence.
Jesus listened to those who came with...the strains, stresses, and excesses...creating a disconnect in their life. Jesus knew God's voice was the "sound of a low whisper" that would bring down the wall of hostility and bring the "peace of God which surpasses all understanding." We are listening for God speaking into lives needing to be re-connected and peace enter in.
Singing Our Song
One of the shepherds in our network of Jesus-friends said, "We all have a song to sing and a story to tell." My song, our story is what God has done for me. Each of our stories is about re-connecting after the disconnect and experiencing the reconciling love of God. We can't tell your story, but we can listen to your story and how it is unfolding. We rejoice in finding harmony in Singing Our Song.
Jesus never turned down a dinner-invitation, and went from community to community. "...on earth as it is in heaven" was about heaven touching earth and the fulfilling of God's promise "in their hearing" not just two thousand years ago but today and into the communities we enter.