Dos your community have a building that is considered to be its focal point ? This protestant church, built in 1918, is the centre of our fishing town. Until the 1970s , when plumbing came to town, many people would come to the town well, also located here, for their drinking water. It is Canada’s largest wooden church, built to hold 1,200 worshippers.
I attended the church a few months ago and sat in the back pew, to try to be inconspicuous, as most first-time church visitors are. From this viewpoint, I counted 31 attendees. I wondered where everyone was ! The minister was very friendly and welcoming, and she announced that the upcoming weekend there was going to be a wedding. Susan L., and Brenda G. we’re getting married.
Although it is the prayer of most Christians, I hope, to see unity in the body of Christ, this does not seem to be happening.
The Catholic Church is currently facing a possible schism, as the Traditionalists, and those supporting a more liberal Pope Francis are becoming further entrenched in their views.
It is a time in church history when all Christians are being asked to show a greater sense of love and charity towards everyone, even to those whose views differ slightly from our own.
Let us be encouraged by Paul, who reminds us in I Corinthians 13 :1, that without love, we become only noisy gongs or clanging cymbals. May the Lord give us the grace to love all the members of the body of Christ in the same way that He does.