Our community has been blessed with many gifts. In particular, the gift of UNITY. What follows is a brief outline of the work of the Holy Spirit within our community. We pray that it helps you discern a course of ACTION you and your community can take in your walk with the Lord!
Small Group Sharing shaped and continues to build up our community!
Small Group Sharing
People are social beings and Grace builds on nature. We need to experience tangibly the reality of the Mystical Body of Christ. In Small Group Sharing our community finds a way to "sacramentalize" (make visible something which is invisible) the life of Grace we share in common as Christians.
In our daily lives we share many things with others: meals, recreation, work, as well as conversations about family, sports, politics or the weather. But when, if ever, do we come together to interact as Christians and to share our experiences of Christ in our Prayer, our study of Christianity and our Apostolic Outreach in our various environments? To love, to know, and to serve God are the basic building blocks to a progressive conversion to Christ and a renewal of our spirituality!
Small Group Sharing is designed to be such a growth experience with other Christians. It is a basic Christian Environment, a friendship, through which authentic Christian Community can be built. It enjoys the special presence of Jesus as he promised in Matthew 18:20
"Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in the midst of them."
Such an experience is as old as Christianity itself. The community we see in the Acts of the Apostles is our best example. (Acts 4:32)
"The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common."
St. Paul reminds us of this in his letter to the Romans (Rom:1:10-12)
"I long to see you, that I may share with you some spiritual gift so that you may be strengthened, that is, you and I may be mutually encouraged by one another's faith, yours and mine."
And so we gather together as did the early Christians...(Heb 10:24-25)
"Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together as some are doing . . ."