OUR THEME, our BIG ROCK, our FOCUS this year is captured in one word: CONNECT. To CONNECT means to bring together or into contact so that a real link is established. The essential function of religion is to radically connect us with that which we long for the most—God and others. "Re-ligio", from which we get the word religion, means re-ligament or to reconnect. COVID-19 has revealed a deep human need—the need for connection. We miss our friends. We miss our routines. We long to be connected again with our friends and family. Here is the truth: God created us for community and for connection. We are called to be in connection with God, through Jesus Christ, and with one another. Jesus summarized the greatest commandment as loving God and loving others.
That is why we have chosen the verses of II Corinthians 5:17-20 to support our theme. “Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life emerges! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We are Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter God’s work of making things right between them”. (II Corinthians 5:17-20 The Message)
Our 2021 theme, CONNECT, will focus on 4 distinct areas:
- Divine/Human connection
- Local connection
- Regional connection
- Global connection
Welcome to 2021, our year to CONNECT.
SPRING CALL TO ACTION
We have many resources available to help you connect more fully in 2021. We hope that you will take advantage of these resources to engage in connecting this year.
Adult Reading List
Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation by Madeleine L’Engle
Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace by Robert Capon
Children's Reading List
Picturing God by Ruth Goring
When God Was A Little Girl by David R. Weiss