Thursday, April 21, 2011

We Are One in the Spirit

Our home is a block from 31st Avenue, often called “church row.” A Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Baptist, and Lutheran church are all lined up short distances apart on church row. For nearly thirty years these churches have been celebrating Thanksgiving together on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. As the years went by they were joined by a Jewish Synagogue, a Presbyterian church and a second Baptist church that were a little farther away.

Thanksgiving is approaching again and everyone looks forward to the event because the service involves contributions from the rich traditions of the different denominations. All of the choirs contribute their special music. The offering is in the form of imperishable food to restock the Food Bank used to help needy families in the area. Attendance has now reached the point where only the larger churches are able to host it. Other churches assist with refreshments.

It is just one of many examples of ways for members of Christ’s Team to share experiences and learn from each other. It reminds us of words from Peter Scholtes wonderful song They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love.

“We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Christ’s Team consists of many denominations but one Spirit. A team effort is always stronger than the sum of the individual efforts.

Peace is found in prayer,
Robert C. Frank