There is an old Peanuts cartoon that is one of my favorites. Lucy is writing a report entitled "The History of the Church". We only see the first line of the report which begins, "My pastor was born in.....". Now the Church has existed for a bit longer than that. In fact, by tradition the Church began when God poured out the Holy Spirit upon the disciples at Pentecost. Those followers of Jesus told the story of Jesus to others, and they told the story of how Jesus touched them and on and on. The Church, the gathering of the followers of Jesus, has existed in many forms and many places, in the deserts of North Africa, in the cold of northern Russia, in the heat of Asia. In each of these places, as people heard the story of Jesus it stirred something inside of them and they wanted to know more, wanted to connect with others who sensed the same thing. So began the church and over the first 300 years or so, folks gathered in homes and fields and sometimes even in underground tombs to share the stories of Jesus, celebrate the Eucharist and figure out how to live their lives as followers of Christ.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013