1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I can identify with Paul’s gratitude for the people of the church in Corinth. Community is important. I am particularly appreciative of being part of a community which nurtures their children and youth.
Last month, I was part of a discussion in the Confirmation class about the UCC statement of faith. As some of the adults shared their thoughts, comparing them to other creeds we had grown up with, I became aware that the youth were unfamiliar with any other statements of faith, as they had all grown up in the UCC. The idea that “the struggle for justice and peace” is part of living a life of faith is simply a part of their belief system.
Also over the past month, our children have been exchanging questions and answers with the children of Hope Central UCC to help each group bridge the transition of Pastor Courtney to Pilgrimage. The responses were precious. I was especially touched by the concern our children expressed for the children whom they have never met who are losing their pastor.
Like Paul with respect to the Corinthian church, I am thankful that Pilgrimage is a testimony to God’s love in the world.
Faithful God, Thank you for all the communities of faith which nurture and encourage us on our faith journey. Help us to continue to provide love and support to all. Amen.