Acts 2:42-47 describes the earliest Christian Community in the second chapter of the New Testament book of Acts. It also sums up the tremendous power of communities and covenants:
42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved. (Common English Bible)
Think about your own life.
What are your communities? What are your covenants?
Unless you are a hermit, living alone on a remote island, you are part of a number of communities and you have a number of covenants with other people. A few of these covenants clearly stated, but most are unspoken. Communities and covenants have tremendous power to shape your life, to determine your actions, to help you in making decisions, to shape the communities, to foster great good, and to accomplish much. The early church was a small movement, but through the power of that community, their covenant with God, and their covenant with one another, they did wondrous things.
What are your communities? They may include your immediate family, your extended family, your circle of close friends, your acquaintances, your co-workers and colleagues, your neighborhood, your city, your state, your nation, your global community, your civic club, those who share an interest or hobby, etc. The list can be long.
What are your covenants? They may include your covenant with God, your spouse, your children, your siblings, your parents, your grandparents, your extended family, your friends, your employer, your immediate acquaintances, your church, your school, your nation, etc.
Communities and Covenants: on this Sunday, we’ll think more deeply about these aspects of our lives that we often take for granted. Mother’s Day is a good day to think about these things because Mother’s are in covenant with their families and are part of that closest, most intimate community: the family.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we celebrate our Mothers and those who are like mothers to us and the gifts and responsibilities of our communities and covenants.
Grace and Peace,