“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat (the Lord’s Supper), you should all eat together.” – I Cor. 11:33
The apartment complex I lived in at Fuller Theological Seminary was named, “Koinonia”, the Greek word for “fellowship”. This is what we have all been hungry for lately… Fellowship. One of the most precious parts of living in the Koinonia Apartment complex was the worldwide community I enjoyed there. People from all over the world were residents and students alongside me. At dinnertime, the diverse smells emanating from different apartment kitchens… Korean, African, Mexican, BBQ… all of it made me feel hungry and I wanted to be invited to share a meal at that table! The diversity of people and foods, languages and cultures was beautiful and felt like we truly were experiencing God’s family. That is my vision, my dream, and my hope for our church… that we would celebrate the diversity and beauty of God’s global family. My prayer is for us to truly experience Koinonia at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church.
It is wonderful that we have been able to provide for worship through creativity online and Bible studies, but people are weary of not being together. This fall, we are focusing on CONNECTION in our sermon series. We are starting up more small groups. As our time apart from corporate worship remains, we need the strength and support of one another to stay strong in our faith and outreach in our community. We need to know if you are involved in a small group, when and where you meet and who is a good contact person for your group. If you are not in a small group at this time, we need you to tell us what type of interest you have in joining one. We are forming Bible Study groups, common interest groups, neighborhood groups and stage of life groups. Our desire is to remind you the church is still here and you are still connected even while we are apart.
We are also sharing personal testimonies from members of our congregation in the coming months in our online worship. These short stories share how God has been faithful to us, particularly in our times of need. I pray that our work continues to help you: Experience God’s presence and love through worship; you are able to Find Community through our Small Groups; and you have opportunities to Serve the World through our mission outreach and efforts in your neighborhoods. The church Session will meet for our Regular Session Meeting this Thursday evening, please pray for us as we discern and decide what God is calling us to do regarding in-person worship services given the updated guidelines.
If you need spiritual or emotional assistance, please reach out to me in the church office. We can connect on the phone, in your front yard, or over Zoom. If you are feeling hopeless, please reach out to a mental health professional. We are all in this together and we need one another to hold us up in those moments of fear, despair, or uncertainty.
God, you sent your Son to earth because you loved the WORLD. Help us also to love your world, and to love your children from all over the world. We pray comfort for those who mourn. We pray protection and provision for your children in harms way and those recovering from floods, hurricanes, and fires. We pray for peace in our communities and justice and righteousness to prevail in our nation. Amen.