Minister’s Letter – August

Our recent theme of talks at Cornerstone has been on Community. Each week we have been considering the following:- A community who cares for each other, A community who worships together, A community who serves together and A community who prays together
I would like to think about what we mean by Community.
To begin with a community is a group of people who mutually support each other. In the words of the Book of Common Prayer relating to marriage ‘…for the mutual society, help and comfort that the one ought to have of the other…’
The first part of this is to get to know each other so that we can get past the conventional answer to the question “How are you?” of “I’m fine.” and really understand whether someone really is ‘fine’. This also means that we have to feel safe with each other and be able to trust and be trusted.
Worshipping and praying together are probably specific to church or other religious communities and we clearly need to care for each other and serve each other within that community. But our worship and prayer within that church community should equip and inspire us to reach out to care for and serve our wider communities. Words alone are not enough. Jesus showed us that we must serve each other by washing his disciples’ feet.
James in his letter asks the questions
‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill”, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?’
We at Cornerstone are thinking how we can be not just ‘Sunday Christians’ but be a real part of the communities in which we live, to reach out and serve them.
So the question which I ask you as worshipping communities but also as individuals is: How can you serve your community?
I would be very happy to hear any ideas which you might come up with.
Kevin Moon