And no one on our ministry team ever said, "Hey, let’s make sure that we use the word 'community' all the time in this service," but week in and week out, we do. And no one on our ministry team ever said, "Let's make sure that every single week we say, 'We are a community of prayer,'" but week in and week out, at least one worship leader manages to say that aloud.
As the Evening Worship Community miraculously becomes just that, a community, and as we are becoming a community of prayer, I’ll tell you that every single Sunday evening, a beautiful moment happens when we’re praying.
We celebrate communion every time we are together, and during the communion prayer, we always leave a holy space. In this holy space, we invite people to voice the names of individuals aloud. Suddenly everyone is leading the prayer, naming aloud the people who are on our minds and hearts. "Jim. . . Cathy. . . Miguel. . . Grant. . . Heather. . ." The names swirl around the room as we pray for them.
It is a reminder that the church is always larger than the worshipers in a room. And human love is always larger than a few individuals gathered in together prayer. Others are always present through the love of God. This is a miracle too.
This is Holy Belonging. And when we live into it, when we act upon it, when we put it on display, this is our Holy Witness.