I said this before I started the sermon this past Sunday, but I couldn't be prouder and more grateful for our church family at Heritage Park. During the past week, they have done exactly what Romans 12.15 says to do: rejoice with those who rejoice.
We have received emails, notes, calls, Facebook posts, and shouts down the hall of congratulations for winning the Guaranteed White Christmas from The Weather Channel. Their excitement for us has blessed us tremendously and ratcheted up our excitement even more. And for all those not a part of the Heritage Park family who have done the same, our gratitude to God for you too.
And that brings me to this brief reflection: church is family or it should be. Yes, we have a Kingdom to advance like an army - but we don't shoot our wounded because they slow us down. Yes, we're parts of the body and function differently - but adding body parts doesn't really compute (and yes, I know it's a scriptural analogy). I like and advocate for the idea of church as family because...
God is our Father
Families are committed to one another
Families welcome new members with celebration
Families advocate responsibility and chores
Families laugh...hopefully a lot
Families cry when appropriate
Families do hard times together
Families party together
Families have...unique...personalities in them (which makes them fun or at least memorable)
Families gather regularly
Can you add to the list?