Sunday Morning Teaching
In 1936 the Olympic Gold Medal at the Berlin Olympics was won by an unlikely 8 man rowing team from the University of Washington. They achieved Gold by beating more established rowing programs and better outfitted crews. Author Daniel Brown in his book, The Boys in the Boat identifies their preparation and the importance of Bob Moch the 5’4” Coxswain of their crew. Historically rowing crews that win have learned to pull their oars thru the water at the same time, same speed, same rhythm even though they can’t see the destination they are aiming for. The Coxswain is the key person to help the team focus on his cues and not be distracted by the competing boats alongside them and operate with such co-ordination and unity that they are really not separate individuals but one team. It’s a beautiful thing to see in action!
That's a great picture of the church! It's also the kind of unity that the New Testament writer Paul was getting at in his writing to the Philippian church when he wrote - “…conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ … stand firm in one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel … being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”
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Pop quiz - what's the only structure that gets stronger as it gets bigger? Nope, not a Big Mac - that could be interpreted on so many other levels! It’s actually a Geodesic Dome. If you’ve driven by the Cinesphere along Lakeshore by Ontario Place - then you’ve seen a Geodesic Dome. It’s strength and growth potential comes from the bringing together of 3 beams to form a triangle. There’s an UP, IN and OUT dynamic at play. The strength of each beam and angle supports the other and allows for the creation and addition of other triangles so that it grows stronger as it grows bigger. That UP, IN and OUT dynamic is also a great picture of how a disciple of Jesus grows. When a group of disciples connect - church happens! We know Church is a people who … are brought together (reconciled!!) in their relationship to Jesus and live out that Oneness as a body of disciples growing stronger together in Christ as each one takes responsibility to welcome and support others and be supported by others. This Sunday morning we’re going to gather and look at the UP, IN and OUT expressions of following Jesus and how we as a body plan to pursue the mission of making disciples that Jesus has sent us on as a family of missionary servants - One in Spirit and Purpose! Looking forward to being together as church!
When we gather as church there's always a warm welcome, good coffee and plenty of time to hang around connecting with each other. We share in each other's joys, pray with each other in times of hurt and pain, and encourage each other as a people who are living out the love of God!
Hope to meet you!
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