Fellowship – July 31

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FELLOWSHIP IS MORE than a church potluck or a Brother’s Keeper program.

Fellowship is sitting in the kitchen with a brother drinking coffee and worrying out loud about your teenagers.

It’s visiting in the funeral home with your friend of many years, sitting there on the couch, and not saying a word because you know each other so well you don’t have to say any words.

Fellowship is taking the couple out to eat and politely listening while they talk about back home.

It’s hugs in the foyer and meetings and laughter and tears and lingering in the parking lot for an hour after services.

You see fellowship in our standard announcement of “Everyone who took dishes to the Smiths, please pick them up in the kitchen.  Thanks so much.”

It’s slapping the new daddy on the back and saying, “I hope he looks like his mom,” and then uttering a prayer of thanks to God.

Fellowship is disagreeing in Sunday School class about some interpretation of a passage and then breaking bread together an hour later.

It’s hospital visits and get well cards and promises of “I’ll be praying for you.”

Fellowship is tolerating each other and forgiving each other and hoping everybody else will forgive you.

Fellowship is loving each other and sticking around even during the bad times, not because you can’t go elsewhere, but because you don’t want to go elsewhere.

Fellowship is loving God and loving those folks down there at church.  Chris Smith

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike

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