Throughout my admission process to the United Church, I took the meaning of the word, “united” seriously. I wanted to honour the spirit of unity, which was evident from the beginning of the church, and helped shape its identity as a united and uniting church. The spirit of unity is not something any of us created. All followers of Christ are given the spirit of unity, which was based on Jesus’ prayer “that all may be one.” (John 17:21) It’s not our vision or credo, but our reality made possible by Jesus Christ. It is a gift.
In a world where there are so many categories that divide us rather than unite us, it’s easy to forget about the gift. We fall into temptation that we are not just different but even better. We can break the wall that divides “us and them” by living out the spirit of unity.
We have a great opportunity to do that. Starting June 18th St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Fort Garry United Church will worship together at St. Paul’s. Our worship will be simple enough for people of both congregations to easily follow, but profound enough to experience the unity in Christ. Let us celebrate the all-encompassing love of God which unites us, and transforms us into a new “we”.
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live
together in unity!”