Prayer, the Language of Christian Community

In recent morning reflections, I’ve found the following excerpt quite encouraging and helpful as it serves as a reminder of the reasons why Christian community and being connected to our Creator, is so important as we live out the Gospel.

“”Prayer is the language of Christian community,” writes Henri Nouwen. “In prayer the nature of the community becomes visible because in prayer we direct ourselves to the one who forms the community. We do not pray to each other, but together we pray to God, who calls us and makes us a new people.” It is in the act of worship that we experience the gift of community at its deepest level. In the eucharistic offering of bread and wine, our brokenness and separation are offered in symbolic union with the broken body of Christ, and then given back transformed and made whole as a sign of that new community brought into being by his resurrection. If we are to understand what it means to be community-builders, we must do so from this perspective. Ministry is given to us by God. It remains authentic only as it is empowered at its source, supported and guided by the community of faith, and then shared with others. “Make me an instrument of your peace,” prayed St. Francis. “Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union.” This is what it means to exercise a community-building ministry, to be in the fullest sense, an ambassador of reconciliation.”

~ from Mutual Ministry by James C. Fenhagen

Micah 6:1-8 serves as good indicator as well – if we are serious about community!


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