Unified in the Same Song

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Recently, I have started bringing a small notebook to church in order to jot down notes during the sermon. I do this in order to stay centered both during the service, but also during the week – I can refer to my notes as I reflect back on the sermon as well as during daily devotions.

This past Sunday, the Bible passage that we read was Ephesians 4:1-16 where Paul writes to the church in Ephesus about our unity in Christ. As I reviewed my notes later in the afternoon, there were two thought-provoking items that stood out to me. First, when the world sees the people of God living under God, they will see Jesus. We, as the people of God, need to live under God’s Word in unity – then, and only then, will the world see that Jesus is the Savior and the Way. Secondly, there is a richness of diversity in God’s people’s unity. While God wants us to have unity in Christ, he does not want us to be the same.

This thought made me pause and reflect on our society today in America. We need to be more like an orchestra. While each member may be playing a different instrument, we are all unified in the same song. When we as a band are unified. beautiful music is the result.

-Mark Reynolds

Church is Who We Are

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When you hear the word “church” what do you think of next? I know what comes to my mind: pastor, giving, singing, worship, teaching, tithing, Sunday, commitment. As someone who rarely missed a Sunday service in my growing-up years and now is married to a church youth director, I’ve had a lot of practice “going through the motions” of church. You would hope by now I’m a church expert, right?  Not even close! To be honest, most Sundays my focus is not where it should be. I catch myself thinking more about what to wear, getting to service on time (which I rarely do), and making sure my kids are well-behaved than on preparing my heart, experiencing God’s presence, and being real with others about how God is working in the day-to-day details of my life. 

This Sunday, Pastor Ron challenged us to move from a focus on the “what” to the “why” of church. He reminded us that when our focus is on Christ alone our church will move forward.  As we read through Acts 2 we saw a church that met daily and shared life closely together, bound together by prayer and the study of God’s word. Those early believers shared their faith and many people came to Christ because of their witness. The Holy Spirit did just what Jesus promised; it transformed them from the inside out, empowering them to carry on His work and giving them the courage to be a witness for Him. As we commit ourselves to getting to know Christ and each other through studying and prayer, through involvement in small groups outside of Sunday morning, we will find ourselves undergoing a similar transformation.  Church is not something we do; it is not even where we go; it is who we are.  

– Faith Ralph

Worship with Kim McLean

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This past Sunday morning, Trinity was blessed with a beautiful and moving service led by Dr. Kim McLean. Not knowing quite what to expect from a Nashville country music writer, performer, professor, and minister, we loaded into the pews with a packed congregation for Kickoff Sunday. Kim proceeded to lead us in some familiar songs with her easy, peaceful style. Throughout the service, she continued to weave songs and intimate stories to unfold her experiences to us. The time passed far too quickly but the message was clear. How could one walk away from that service not feeling like any one of us could be a vessel for God?

You see, Dr McLean made it clear to us through her personal witness that we don’t need to worry about HOW God might use us or WHEN God might use us. We need only TRUST that God will indeed call on us to use our gifts in some way - dirt and all.  As long as we are open to listening and saying "Yes God" we will bless many and we will be blessed abundantly. Thank you Kim for letting Jesus use you to bless our service!

– Michelle Kelley