We have a fellowship time, in the Fellowship Hall, of our church, each Sunday after the morning service.
Being a bit shy and a, closet, introvert…I had fallen into the, bad, habit of skipping the fellowship and proceeding home after the worship.
When I first began skipping the, time of friendship and bonding, I told myself that it was just temporary. But, it is easy for an introvert to make temporarily being alone…a permanent condition!
Mary Jane and Jonathon are not of the, loner, mindset that I am! They enjoy fellowship…as I did before I started taking the easy route of skipping it…for what I told myself was expediency.
So, when I look into the Fellowship Hall…I see Mary Jane and Jonathon enjoying the company of, Rick and Dori, and I think…this could be fun!
Our church is full of wonderful friendly people and one old curmudgeon!
I took a little plate and placed a mini muffin and a brownie with chocolate icing on top on it…and I filled my cup with, wonderful, regular coffee…and I sat down.
What a lovely exchange of ideas and life experiences that was shared by the group around the table! I noticed, quickly, that we humans are so much more alike…than we are different!
I have always admired Rick and Dori as I did Rick’s parents…who were so kind to us when we began attending First Presbyterian over twenty years ago.
Soon, John Hooker came and sat down with us, and he and his wife Carolyn…are a delight! John is such an open and friendly person that he makes everyone whom he encounters…welcome.
Soon, Ro came by our table and I considered that every time that I talk with her…I feel edified and uplifted!
I have been missing half of the joy of attending First Presbyterian and I do not intend on making that mistake again!
I have attempted to follow the teachings of Jesus…for most of my life. I have also been a member of a church for the same amount of time. I have often had the statements said to me, ‘that I believe in God and am a christian but I serve God at home, or I am a spiritual person, or I feel the closeness of the creator in the woods!’
I would agree with all of those statements but would add that the coming together of believers is a strength to all who participate!
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ Hebrews 10: 24-25 ESV
‘For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.’ Matthew 18:20 ESV
‘When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.’ Acts 2:1