Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Photo: © iStock.com / Professor25 (image #592643618)Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4: 7-8)

In a recent sermon I got the chance to reflect on Paul’s description of the church as the body of Christ – one whole, living being to which we each individually belong.

We need each other, and we belong to each other.

But sometimes I wonder if we always “get” each other. I suspect every single one of us has both hidden hurts and hidden treasures within – pools of wisdom, insight, and beauty.

During my sermon I encouraged each of us to consider if there are gifts/skills/talents God might be calling us to use here at church that we haven’t used here before. Gifts that may have been hidden or held in exile until now. 

So many in our community do so much already – faithfully and well! But to allow the freshness of the spirit to play among us, I encourage us all to think not just about jobs, tasks and roles that have been done before, but to ask the potentially more life-giving questions: “What do I do well and love doing well? What ignites my joy?”

And, what lights us up as a congregation?

Here’s what I see from my seat in the sanctuary and congregation: 

Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is a community built on a deep well of compassionate kindness. We’re motivated by a desire to be part of an ancient thread of light and life and hope that runs right down through human history – the presence of the living Christ. We’re good at being generous. Committed to working for justice. Excellent at making music.