To kick off our first blog post, here are some of my favorite reflections on our life together. Living Water, there are so many things I love about you:
- Receiving not just “May the peace of Christ be with you” but also “son te pheap”, “amahoro imana”, “Crist timee ma rahos” and “la paz de Cristo” every week. (That’s how we pass the peace in English, Khmer, Kirundi, Nepali, and Spanish.)
- Baptisms in Lake Michigan. Beautiful summer day ones, with beach picnics and Frisbee games stretching endlessly into the afternoon, and chilly fall ones, when the wind whips up and the baptized and the baptizers are especially brave.
- Setting up for worship on Sunday mornings while listening to the music group fine tune the worship set. Sensing the prayers of those who have gathered early in the prayer room. Appreciating the people running around setting up sound equipment, projectors, communion bread and decorations. It’s like a party just before the guests arrive.
- The happy chatter of the children and their tutors as they enter the building for the after school program and head down the hall to do homework or write stories or bake cookies or conduct science experiments.
- Greeting other LWCC-ers when we happen upon each other while out and about in the neighborhood.
- Attempting to sing Swahili along with the African choir.
- Attempting to clap in rhythm with the African choir.
- Attempting to clap in rhythm with anything.
- Cambodian eggrolls.
- That there are kids in our neighborhood who call our church “Potluck” because of the meals they’ve eaten with us.
- The dancing: Advent candle dances, Nepali Christmas dances, Cambodian Rice Harvest, Easter dances, and congregational line dances that snake through the aisles.
- Passing moving boxes through a long line of people up someone’s back stairwell and into their apartment. Many people helping a neighbor together is joyful work.
- Keeping vigil on the sidewalk with our neighbors when tragedy strikes.
- Studying the bible and praying over mugs of coffee around someone’s dining room table.
- Helping people select rescued produce to take home on Thursday afternoons, knowing lots of our neighbors will be enjoying delicious meals because of this ministry.
- Meeting with a Discernment Group to hear someone’s story: job opportunities, possible moves, potential marriages, painful family situations, relationships needing reconciliation. Seeking the Spirit’s wisdom together.
- Praying together in a symphony of languages, most of which I do not understand, and learning to trust that God is making sense of us all.
We look forward to using this space to share news and reflections on the life in our community. What are your favorite reflections? Comment below!
Thank you, all of you who are Living Water. It is a joy to serve you!