Fr. Nathan Baxter
Did You See It?
by Fr Nathan Baxter
It was beautiful. Did you see it?
If you were at service last Sunday, did you see it happening? Maybe you did, and it seemed normal and good. Maybe you did, and you didn’t know what was going on. Maybe you’re wondering (whether you did or didn’t see it), “What’s Fr. Nathan talking about seeing, and why might it matter”?
Prayer. After the service during coffee hour. Two Home Groups took initiative to gather around one of their members in need of intercession.
It was a beautiful glimpse of Family-of-God-Love in action. The Scriptures call us to “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:10-12).
What some of us saw last Sunday—and what some of you did last Sunday—was God’s people living out their calling and character because of their connection in Christ Jesus.
Home Groups are more than a good spiritual thing to do between Sundays. They’re the context where individuals come to experience and trust the connection we’ve been given in Christ by the Holy Spirit. It’s one thing for our mission statement to say, “We a family on mission….” It’s another, deeper, more joyful thing to experience and grow in who we are, by God’s gift in Christ Jesus: “in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5).
Home Groups are one reliable context where anyone at All Saints can experience that family connection. Home Groups will start in the last week of September and end after the second week of December.
I pray that you’ll be planning ahead to make room in your schedule for a Home Group this coming fall season.
Blessings, Fr. Nathan