Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 5/14

Grace and peace to you all!

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do.”

John 14:12

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard stories in church and received letters from members that describe why Williston Federated is an important part of their faith lives.  Each has been different, and yet there is a common theme that runs through all of them: the community of WFC is a powerful witness to God’s love.  People here uphold one another in hard times, and together we work to make the world a little more graceful, a little more loving.  WFC isn’t just a gathering of random people; it’s a gathering of faithful people who are the hands and feet of Jesus for each other and for the world.

In his last address to the disciples in the Gospel of John, Jesus promised that those who believe in him will do his works.  So often I’ve read these words and thought that Jesus meant that if I believed in him I would be able to do the kinds of miracles that he did: heal the sick, feed a crowd on just a few loaves of bread, walk on water.  I can remember, as a kid, putting out a foot at the end of the dock, testing whether the water would hold me up if I believed really, really hard.  When it didn’t hold me up, did it means that I just didn’t believe enough?

As I’ve heard the WFC stories of these past weeks, it seems to me that Jesus’ promise comes true here:  we who believe in him do his works all the time.  We feed the hungry.  We offer grace and forgiveness to each other (and to ourselves).  We walk with each other through illness and grief, offering the healing of loving presence even when there isn’t healing from disease and death.  We work to make the world a place where all people are valued and loved.  We may not be perfect at it, but together we are the body of Christ.  We are a living witness to Jesus’ promise, day by day.

It’s a great privilege to be part of a faithful church community that is doing the works of Jesus!


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