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“Gathered, Scattered” - May 27, 2020

 “As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”   

1 Corinthians 12:20

This coming Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, marking the beginning of the church as the Holy Spirit was poured out in abundance.  There was a great gathering of people who turned themselves over to Jesus and the ways of God’s kingdom.  Those gatherings continued in the time of the early church as people prayed, shared meals and praised God together. 

But over time the early church scattered.  Followers of Jesus spread out so as to share the liberating message of God’s love in Christ.  But others scattered out of necessity, due to circumstances beyond their control.  Acts 8 tells part of their story.

Although the circumstances of the early church are significantly different from ours today, we may feel some connection to the dynamics of being a scattered people.  However, being scattered does not mean that we must give up remembering that we are one in Christ.  Neither do we give up yearning for the fulfillment of John’s vision, people from every tongue, tribe, nation and time gathered as one (Revelation 7:9).

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Lord, help us to carry our time of being apart.  Help us use our time of being scattered as an opportunity to find new ways of spreading the liberating news and life of God’s love through Jesus.  Help us to hang on to our oneness and the inspiring visions of being gathered as one body.  In Jesus name.  Amen

 **The following links you to a song written during the pandemic, entitled “Gathered, Scattered”