There are twenty-one churches in Ponoka Town and County listed on our website. That’s twenty-one Christian congregations covering an area of about 3,000 square kilometers and a population of about 16,000. That’s about 750 people for every church and one church for every 140 square kilometers.
Most of these churches have fewer than a hundred people attending worship on any given Sunday. In other words, our facilities are pretty under utilized. That fact alone should remind us that not only do we not need more church buildings or even bigger ones, but that we need to work more closely together and become more focused on why we are here as the church.
We have lots of churches with all kinds of variety because there are many different people. When we visit another church, it’s not that they are doing things wrong; they are just expressing their faith in a slightly different way and telling us about where they are on the faith journey.
This coming Sunday is World Communion Sunday. In the Apostles’ Creed we declare belief in something called the communion of saints. It’s a very brief statement that points out the central importance of the Lord’s Supper as a means of celebrating our unity in Christ even if we have differences in understanding this meal.
As Jesus broke the bread and shared the cup he didn’t ask questions like, “So which group do you belong to?” or “Do you believe the right thing?” or “Do you understand what I’m doing?”
The group he shared this meal with was made up of some people who loved and trusted him and others who doubted and would soon betray him. This group did not truly understand what was going on in this supper and yet Jesus shared it with them.
If anything, Communion (other names: Lord’s Supper, Eucharist) is the bold declaration of God’s love in Christ for people who do not deserve to be there. By participating together in Holy Communion, we celebrate our common need for God and together receive the love and grace shared with us through Christ.
There are many different people; many different churches; many different ways of worshipping and serving God. But in the end, we all need God and we are all God’s children. This week we celebrate that even though we are different, in Christ we are the same.
We offer you the following opportunities to grow in communion with God, your brothers and sisters in Christ and with those God loves through Christ:
- Tuesday (Oct.1): Equipping for Faithful Ministry (7 pm) – Communion to the Home Bound
- Wednesday (Oct.2): Communion with some of Jesus’ people at the Rising Sun Clubhouse (12 pm)
- Wednesday (Oct.2): Men’s Bible Study (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
- Wednesday (Oct.2): Confirmation (4 pm) – Study on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and the Lord’s Supper
- Wednesday (Oct. 2): Living the Faith…Fighting the Battle – Sharing Angel Stories
- Thuesday (Oct. 3): Praying with the Angels (1:30 pm)
- Thursday (Oct.3): Confirmation (4 pm) – Study on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and the Lord’s Supper
- Thursday (Oct.3): Learning the Faith (7 pm) – Bible Study on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
- Sunday (Oct.6): Family Sunday Worship (10:30 am) and Fellowship Lunch (12 noon) – Baptism of Austin McDougall
- Sunday (Oct.6)…Lutheran Congregations in Mission National Gathering…watch it live here beginning at 5 pm (schedule)
- Tuesday (Oct.8)…Equipping for Faithful Ministry – (6:30 pm) Sweater Drive Organization – (7:30 pm) – Constitution Planning
- Wednesday (Oct.9): Living the Faith (7 pm) – Communing with Others
- Thursday (Oct.8): Communing with God in Prayer (1:30 pm)