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Romans 16: 15 (NRSVA)
15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
Do you ever fall into the trap of imagining the early church as one or two loud voices and a couple of small groups receiving letters from them?
I forget that there were vibrant communities full of varied ages and backgrounds all coming together in a new way of faith that they have found through Jesus.
I have been thinking of them like sackcloth when instead they were more like tartan. New and old all at the same time, colourful and distinct yet cohesive.
Are we still like that in the church? Do we still have the colour, the variety, the excitement that they did? Sometimes, sometimes not.
How do you feel about the community of faith which you are a part of, is it a sack cloth or a tartan? And if it is a sackcloth are you prepared to start ironing pleats and breaking out the dye?
Dear God of us all
Teach us over and over about your colourful love
Remind us of the rush your presence brings
Keep us mindful of our past, present and future
Give us the courage to be what you need