14 August 2011
I first learned about the Disciples of Christ from website of the American Unitarian Conference, which is the primary group of Unitarian Christians in the U.S. They mentioned that Unitarian Christians who were not satisfied with the Unitarian Universalist Association could look at Disciples of Christ if they sought a worship community that was explicitly Christian in its Orientation. I had attended several UUA worship service and was looking for something else.
The more that I learned about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the more I liked it. BecHere are some features of our Church, articulated in my language:
Memorial Christian Church, by God's Grace, commits to being an open and affirming congregation. We affirm Christ's call to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We believe that God enriches the world with variety and calls upon us to engage in God's Holy work. Aware of the worth and importance of our diversities, we declare ourselves to be a church that is open to and appreciative of all people – whatever their race, gender, varying abilities, age, origin, sexual orientation, family configuration, economic or educational status, or other distinction. We believe that all people are children of God and entitled to participate fully in all the activities of this church and of society.
Often the Call to Discipleship is a formality. The presiding minister asks if anyone wishes to answer the call and join the Church. At this service, Reverend Shirley Martinson, begins to call to worship by noting that usually it is just announced but nobody answers. But on that day, the congregation knew that I would be responding.
I had been worshipping at MCC and participating in the congregations for most of this calendar year. I had been considering officially joining for some time. The previous Sunday, 8/7/11. My wife and I met with my Elder Eve Eve Overmars and her husband John to discuss the matter. That meeting went well and I decided that week to join on Sunday. Earlier in the service, we have a section on “God moving in our lives” in which members can make a brief statement as to how they experienced God’s grace that week. I had mentioned our successful meeting and my decision to join. My Wife and I attempted to make a Movie with my IPhone of the ceremony. You can find it down below. It is probably obvious that we had some technical difficulties in shooting it.
If you want to cut to the chase, the key part of the ceremony begins at 2:20 into it. There Shirley pays me a compliment and noted that I had prepared a “spiritual summary” for my Elder, which passed on to her. I subsequently discovered that her difficulty in opening that file was due to a gross error on my part. I did fix that and sned another copy. She very charitably replied: I have just read your spiritual summary and wanted to thank you for sending it in a format I could read. One of the blessings of your Jesuit training is that you could do this.
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