“All the Resources of the Congregation”

Matthew 4:1-11

The First Sunday in Lent

As you will, no doubt, have noticed, every time there is a baptism here at Northminster, the entire congregation promises the one being baptized what we promised Ella Jane Simmons this morning; “all the resources of our congregation.” 

The most important of which is the congregation.  The greatest resource of our congregation is our congregation; all of these dear and good sisters and brothers who call forth that which is deepest and best in all of us; making us want to be better, just by being exactly who they are.

Of all the resources of our congregation, the deepest and dearest is all of you; the people of God in whom the rest of us see the face of God, every time we make our way, together, to the table of our Lord.