We have many communities: parish, neighborhood, town we live in, even Facebook, and others. Human beings seem to naturally create communities. We knew from prehistoric times that we can accomplish bigger tasks by working together. And when we accomplish these tasks, we can gather together and celebrate.
The obvious community is our parish. Our common goal is the spread of the gospel. We do this by showing God’s love in the bigger community of the Placerville area (Upper Room, SHARE, HELP, Food Closet, and others) and the wider human community (Episcopal Relief and Development and Compassion) and by worshipping together, sharing God’s Word.
We are nourished by sharing a sacred meal on Sundays, Wednesdays, and on other occasions, followed by sumptuous coffee hours. We celebrate with the Epiphany service and dinner, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, the parish picnic, Oktoberfest, A Dinner and a Movie, meals in member homes, and other events.
We are a community. We love each other. We fight each other. We break bread together in many settings. We work together. But most importantly we love each other. Jesus said that that is how outsiders will know that we are Christians, when we love each other. Love is the glue that holds us together. Love is the badge we wear for non-Christians to identify us.