Sunday Morning Teaching
Sunday September 16> Nashville Rowed ...
In 1936 the Olympic Gold Medal at the Berlin Olympics was won by an unlikely 8 man rowing team from the University of Washington. They achieved Gold by beating more established rowing programs and better outfitted crews. Author Daniel Brown in his book, The Boys in the Boat identifies their preparation and the importance of Bob Moch the 5’4” Coxswain of their crew. Historically rowing crews that win have learned to pull their oars thru the water at the same time, same speed, same rhythm even though they can’t see the destination they are aiming for. The Coxswain is the key person to help the team focus on his cues and not be distracted by the competing boats alongside them and operate with such co-ordination and unity that they are really not separate individuals but one team. It’s a beautiful thing to see in action!
That's a great picture of the church! It's also the kind of unity that the New Testament writer Paul was getting at in his writing to the Philippian church when he wrote - “…conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ … stand firm in one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel … being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” This Sunday morning we’ll continue the rowing metaphor as we look at how Jesus is leading us on His Mission in steps of practical unity which is a powerful witness to the world of the Good News of reconciliation and a return to ONENESS. Looking forward to being ONE as we gather!
When we gather as church there's always a warm welcome, good coffee and plenty of time to hang around connecting with each other. We share in each other's joys, pray with each other in times of hurt and pain, and encourage each other as a people who are living out the love of God!
Hope to meet you!
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