This Sunday we’ll be missing “Pizza Sunday”.
I enjoy Pizza Sunday. How can you not enjoy a feed of Pizza paid for by the Men’s Club? It’s not only pizza after church that I enjoy, it’s the many times we gather following worship service to sit together, enjoy each other’s company and share in ice cream, soup, muffins, cheese and crackers along with so many other fine foods.
We don’t do it as a means of enticing anyone to come to church. As good as our meals may be, they are not sufficient to change anyone’s mind about attending a morning service. We do it because we are relational by nature. We have been created to live with each other, to not be alone as God stated in Genesis when we were being created.
And we are relational because God is relational. God has been revealed to us as a mystery of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and these entities are presented to us as being in a relationship of love.
The community we know as the church, is called and designed to be a community in relationship based on love, first of all the love that God has for us and then the love that we can share with each other.
Jesus prayed before his arrest that the love that God the Father has for Jesus would be an experience of love that we too would enjoy.
This is a message we can’t emphasis enough as it was driven home by Jesus and recorded in John’s gospel.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
This drive, to be in relationship with each other, helps to explain the anxiety some of us are feeling as we are absent from each other for another week, unable to worship and enjoy fellowship with each other.
But this love is also a source of strength in a difficult time such as this. God’s love is perfect, and John reminded us that perfect love casts out all fear.