Intentional Communities of Disciples
You’ve heard it said (and may have said yourself): “I can worship God as well on the golf course as I can in a church building.” That’s absolutely true! Of course that’s true!
Jesus himself supported that truth. You may remember when Jesus once met a woman at the village well. When she asked about which temple on a mountain was the right one, the best one, he said “Neither!” Jesus told her that true worship has nothing to do with locations and temples. Rather — true worship is all about the intentional spiritual journey, rather than the location of a shrine or a particular time. (John 4.21-23)
Christianity is a spiritual path to wholeness with God and one another. Christianity is about making intentional communities of disciples. As Jesus said, “As you are going about the world, makes disciples from all the nations.”
While Christians make good use of buildings and locations, they also make good use of cars and boats, ice cream parlors and zoos. Christianity is not about a worship service in a building, any more than it is about ice cream parlors and zoos — as great as those are.
Just as people so often say, “I’m interested in spirituality, not organized religion.” That’s the very essence of Christianity: Becoming fully committed followers of Jesus, becoming mature disciples in community, experiencing spirituality with your good friends.
This is why so many clergy rightly say, “Christian Education is the most important thing we do in the church. We’re all about building a community of disciples.”
“Christianity 101″ — an introduction to the Christian faith, designed for anyone (adult or teen) who is any of the following):
> beginning to consider Christianity
> new to Watertown and would like to become part of a faith community
> new to Trinity Church
> returning to church after a long absence
> seeking baptism or confirmation
> seeking a “booster shot” to refresh and renew their faith
> a leader at Trinity
> considering taking a leadership role
> already a member or considering becoming a member
> wondering what to teach their children at home about the Christian faith
Christianity 101 is led by the Rector on Sundays at 9:30am, from Sept 8 through Nov 24.
You may view and download the slides (class notes) by clicking here.
5:30 Worship: including healing prayers, in the Chapel of St. Paul
6:00 Community supper (potluck): in the Parish Hall
6:30 Adult Forum — Lively conversation about the Christian path to spiritual life: in the Parish Hall.
Trinity Church is a proud sponsor of the ecumenical Basileia Institute. We provide intensive Christian discipleship and leadership formation and education for friends and members of sponsoring congregations here in the North Country. For more information, click here.
From Time To Time
- Books to Stir the Heart
- The Holy Bible
- The Book of Common Prayer
- The Hymnal (1982)
- The Daily Office
- Forward Day by Day