Friday, March 16th. Matthew 5:1

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Barbara McDowell. Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.


Now when he saw the crowds he went up on a mountainside and sat down.  His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.  Matthew 5:1


Fellowship: a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience


In these first two verses of Matthew 5, Jesus comes together with his disciples and the crowd and he begins to teach (the Beatitudes follow).  This gathering of people came together simply to hear the words of Jesus – to learn, grow, and strengthen their faith and understanding of his words.  Theirs was a fellowship of believers.


During our lifetime, we belong to many different groups – our families, school classes, sports teams, work teams, volunteer, and social groups.  Each one has a different focus that brings it together and each plays a unique role in our life and in making us who we are.  


Our faith community, our church home, is the place we come to – safe and secure – to find a place to grow and strengthen our faith; this focus is different from the other groups we are part of.  When we gather as a faith community to worship, in small groups or to serve, we gain something we cannot find in going it alone. 


We find fellowship, we know we belong, because of our shared Christian beliefs and values and we are better for it.  It is the place we can seek for this purpose.


Let us pray:  Dear God, as we come together as believers and followers of Jesus thank-you for strengthening our faith in you and the bond we share with others through our shared faith and fellowship.  Amen.



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