Dear Sisters and Brothers –

I wanted to let you know that gifted pianist Eric Kaldjian (who lives in Seattle, but works in Ann Arbor!) will be back with us this Sunday helping lead music in worship.  The delightful news of Eric sharing his gifts, led to these thoughts…

Some years ago, Dallas Willard voiced a pretty strong (scathing?) critique of the modern day church as being “a provider of religious goods and services.” His concern was that Christians were being influenced by the larger culture and approaching church like consumers.  Too often church involvement, like everything else, began with the question:  “What’s in it for me?”

Even today, the main question for church folk often remains, What am I getting out of it? But the better question might be something closer to, What am I putting into it? What am I giving to God?  What am I sharing with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and others in Jesus’ name?  That’s where it starts.  What I get out of it is a byproduct that flows from that.

The thing that still often gets lost is that we don’t just go to church; we are the church.  We’re never just passive observers, but a community of faith together, in relationship with God and one another. 

I’ve been so grateful to see people truly showing up and actively putting themselves into this little community of faith called FPCS…

  • extending human warmth and friendship;
  • providing rides to worship;
  • helping with logistics and setting up for worship;
  • bringing donuts, preparing food;
  • providing meals and fellowship after worship;
  • reaching out and welcoming newcomers and visitors on Sunday morning;
  • exploring options for outreach to homeless folks in Seattle; and,
  • sharing financial resources.

Consider yourself invited to discard the definition of church as “provider of religious goods and services” – and jump in and use your gifts to build up the body of Christ at FPCS!

Be the church!

Pastor Heidi