The simple contrast between “community for me” and “me for community” captures the heart of a dilemma faced by lots of faith communities. Where does Highlands Church see itself in this question? Where do you see yourself? There’s a prevailing sense of rugged individualism embedded in our culture and maybe even in our church. It can corrode the kind of community-belonging we’re imagining and working toward. How can we continue to grow in maturity and commitment, living “in harmony” with one another? To reflect on this question worth asking, we’ll use a unique musical experience and the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 (it was probably more like 15,000+) people.
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. – Romans 15:5-7 (NRSV)