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What is the word on the street?

Jesus asks this question to his disciples, he wants to know what people on the street are saying about him, their response in Matthew's gospel is "some say John the Baptist, but others Eljiah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." Which sounds impressive, however they are all dead. So the word on the street is that Jesus is just like those other guys, those great leaders from the distant past and not so long ago past. So Jesus turns the question to the disciples and Peter says this is who I think you are Jesus, "you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." This is huge, Peter can see that Jesus is doing something new, something exciting and earth shaking. It is upon this confession of faith that Jesus builds this new community of believers, this gathering, otherwise known as the church. Reminding us that in the beginning the church was not a building (as so many come to think of it today), it is a gathering of people brought together by a c…

Worship

During my vacation time and my time spent at the General Assembly I was able to visit other churches and worship with them.In order to protect the innocent I will not name the congregations I visited, but wanted to share the different experience I had.One Sunday my family and I attended a church and found that our expectations were not met.The only person that greeted us when we were in church was the pastor.No one else took the time to say hello, let alone make eye contact with us.I think it was because of that, that worship just felt off.Rather than feeling that we were worshiping with a community of faith, I felt more like a spectator watching a community of faith worship.Another Sunday, Dan and I attended church with some friends.Now this congregation exceeded our expectations.We were warmly greeted when we entered, as we were waiting for service to begin and during the time we all get up and shake hands.We felt part of this faith community and because of that worship was so meani…