Last night's focusing sentence for Centering Prayer came from Ephesians 1:15-16:
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason, I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
The person who chose it said she did so because of its description of fellowship rooted in Christ - the love of a people for all the saints (all Christians).
We had some great conversation around this after our silence. I'm convinced again and again that the heart of Christian life and Christian mission is building relationship. I also believe that the key to its success is keeping that relationship rooted in Christ.
A thoguht I often return to in sermons is that it's not important the we just love Jesus. Our faith life is also shaped by learning to love those whom Jesus loves.
I'm thankful today for the fellowship we share at St. Luke's and my prayer is that we will continue to grow in our recognition of Jesus at the heart of our fellowship and and be drawn further to those whom Jesus loves.