Pentecost is a joyful celebration of energy, of creativity, of life. It is the birthday of the church. On Pentecost the gift of the Spirit was freely given in order to create a community of people unified in love and purpose. As that early community developed, first thinking of themselves as part of the Jewish faith then later as followers of The Way and finally naming themselves Christians, they sought to live and love as Jesus did.
During the two thousand years since that first Pentecost there have been enormous evolutions in societies, in self-understanding, in technology and communication, yet, at it's most basic level, church still gathers so that we can better live and love as Jesus did. That's the purpose of the church. As we gather in our Small Church Communities, it's important to realize that like the early communities to whom Paul wrote letters, each of our communities is different, yet all of our communities are bound together in common purpose and love through the gift of the Spirit.
So, if we call ourselves Small Church Communities, how do we differ from other small groups like a book club, a dinner club or an Alanon group?