“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
I love stories! I love doing the “Time For All Ages” on Sunday morning and you might have noticed that most of my sermons start with a story. Or that I’ll tell at least one story in the sermon. Whether it is my own or that of another person, I just know that stories are powerful. Stories take us to another place and time, they get us outside of our own world and yet we see ourselves in the one being told. Stories are universal, whether they are “real” or “fiction.” Stories tell us about who we are, or who we want to be. They help us grow by giving us possibilities and seeing the world different points of view. Ubuntu Theology, from South Africa, says that “I cannot know myself, until I know you.” And how we do this is through our stories.
And yet in this culture we so rarely ever get a chance to tell our story - to have people know about who we are and who we want to be. As a faith community, stories are vital to the spiritual growth of our congregations. So this month we launch our Covenant Groups, so that we can tell and hear our stories. I hope you will join in these small group ministries and that you will get a chance to tell your story and bear witness to the stories of others. And together we’ll grow as a community, not just in numbers, but in depth of soul.
If you want more information about Covenant Groups, see the article on our website.