by Isaiah Kyremes-Parks and Mary Elizabeth Shoop
IKP: “These verses from Colossians talk about the golden threads that knit Christains together. I want to go a step further and proclaim that these can be the things that knit us together as humans.
Community, whether that be a church family, a small group of friends, or anywhere one can be loved and supported by others, is one of the best things we’ve got. Continue to choose love, love for yourself, love for others, and love for this world. We’ll make it if we take care of each other.”
MES: “Community is trusting God and one another. It’s trusting that we are all mutually working towards that powerful love that Jesus so boldly demonstrated for us. Community is holding people accountable when they do harm with their power, and standing with those who are pushed to the margins when power is abused.
Being beloved community is bold, and very challenging. But if we want to live into God’s calling, it’s not up for debate. We have to do it. We have to love fiercely and unendingly. We have to be courageous and curious. We have to be equitable with power, and we can’t let ourselves fall into the trap of using coercive community to pass as beloved community.
Friends, we are on a long journey, but we are on it together. Let’s continue to put on love, boldly.”
Watch the full GCPC Youth Service on 5/22/22 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 32:05)