There's a beautiful image of church being painted this week in Louisiana. Several willing servants from Trinity have traveled to join hands and hearts with others in bringing relief to recent flood victims. Through Revive225, a home repair ministry of First United Methodist Church in downtown Baton Rouge, needs of immediate neighbors in the community are being met by people from churches like Trinity and others around the UMC connection who have said "yes" to this opportunity to make a difference. What is being fashioned through this ministry is a witness of the unity to which we are all called through our baptisms in Christ. When followers of Christ rally around a particular cause to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, it is often a snapshot of the church at its best.
This Sunday, we will gather to celebrate World Communion Sunday. This special day always falls on the first Sunday in October, giving Christians all around the world an opportunity to remind ourselves of the connectedness we share with each other. On this day we also recommit ourselves to living in a manner "worthy of our calling," a way that gives evidence to the unity that we share. As a way of preparing your own heart for worship this weekend, I invite you to reflect on these questions: "Are there any ways in which my words and actions are hurting the unity of Christ's body, the church?" "How can I be a better witness for the unity of Christ's body, the church?"