Here is a big question: What is “the church?”
As hard as it is to admit, sometimes we fall into the trap of reducing “the church” to the buildings where people gather on Sunday mornings.But let’s move past that idea of buildings, of structures. Of walls. “The church” is the people—it is you and me.
The church’s makeup may be determined by opening its doors and welcoming people in, but the church’s identity is defined by opening its doors and joining with the most vulnerable of God’s children in the world. In Isaiah 58, God issues a call and a challenge—to open our doors and share what we have with those in need. The church’s identity reflects the call of Isaiah to become repairers of the breach.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is our direct response to the ways in which God has called us to share, to repair, to bring hope. It is the single, largest way Presbyterians come together to become the church with all the people we see.
Through OGHS, we open our doors to join those dependent on outsiders for food, those who now receive seeds and silos to sustain a future for their children and communities; to partner with those whose land and livelihoods are threatened and who now receive legal aid and protection for the land that is rightfully theirs; and to work alongside those whose homes and loved ones have been lost to a catastrophic event, offering hands to help rebuild and prayers to help restore.Let us open our doors, again and again, to see the vulnerable we’ve been called to stand with and to serve, to share through this offering the love of Christ by ministries of justice, compassion, and joy, and to become, not THIS church on THIS corner, but CHRIST’S church in the whole world.
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