February 5

Super Bowl Party

Our church had a get together for the super bowl. There was a soup and chili contest, volleyball, ping pong, board games, basketball, other food, and of course the Super Bowl. Most people didn’t pay much attention to the game on the screen, the volleyball game was the focus for a while, later the football themed quizzo, voting on the soups and chili, and the youth vs. adult minute to win it games. It didn’t feel like a party with a bunch of strangers, it felt like a family party. Every group of people who see each other regularly develop a shared vocabulary. At our church we call each other family. When welcoming everyone on a Sunday, it’s “Welcome, Family”- not congregation, not church body, even though both would be true. This has given us a set of rules of conduct, we treat each other like brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, moms, dads, and grandparents. It has given our relationships a dimension well beyond a person we see once a week, when we think of each other in familial ways we treat each other that way, and relationships are able to deepen more easily because a senses a familiarity is already present.

Today’s joy is the joy of the a church family.

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