Top Ten Reasons to Love the Church

My Top Ten Reasons why I Celebrate the Church Today:
Reverend Elizabeth Rechter
From a Homily in 2008

10. The Christian Church is part of GOD’S DREAM

We are invited to participate in this dream. God’s kingdom project where all life is held sacred and the dignity of every human being is sought. We get to be part of this project with Christ in this community and EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

9. THE EUCHARIST

we are offered this meal in communion with Christ. Here we are fed at the deepest part of ourselves, without shame or fear.

8. BAPTISM

In Christian baptism we are adopted and are part of God’s household forever, no matter what wrong turns or stumbling we make, we are accepted as beloved forever.

7. FORGIVENESS

As the Gospel stated, the Church is given the power to forgive sins. Forgiveness is offered for ourselves and for the sins of the whole world. It is not just a sacrament offered to us we also proclaim it as a way of life, a lifestyle that brings life.

6. PRAYER

The Church is a place of prayer for all people. Here we believe our prayers are heard. Someone is listening. All our desires are known, no secrets are hid. We pray for others and others pray for us. As well, Jesus prays for us.

5. THE HOLY SPIRIT

ACTIVATES our gifts to be used for the common good. Our gifts are honored, drawn out and used in community.

4. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Those who have gone before us on this journey continue to strengthen us with their presence. Bob Cornelison is now added to that number. The prayers of the saints are good prayers, having lived our life they know best what to pray for.

3. JESUS

For the truth of his word and the example of his life.

2. JESUS

For his promised presence with us on our journey. His companionship and his immeasurable love for us.

1. This gift of the Church is FOREVER

The Church will change and grow and die and be reborn but it will not end. God will sustain God’s Dream providing what it needs to live. God’s promises are everlasting. I wonder what are your top ten would be?

A BIRTHDAY PRAYER
FOR THE CHURCH
(BCP p.830)

Watch over your Church, O Lord, as her days increase; bless and guide her wherever she may be. Strengthen her when she stands; comfort her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise her up if she falls; and in her heart may your peace which passes all understanding abide with her all the days of her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.