Open Circle MCC: The Villages, Florida

Community means caring: caring for people. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says: “He who loves community destroys community; he who loves the brethren builds community.” A community is not an abstract ideal. We are not striving for a perfect community. Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we would want them to be. Community means giving them space, helping them to grow. It means also receiving from them so that we too can grow. It is giving each other freedom; it is giving each other trust; it is confirming but also challenging each other. We give dignity to each other, in a spirit of trust and of dying to oneself so that the other may live, grow and give. – Jean Vanier “From Brokenness to Community”
Holy and Amazing God, make Your presence known to us today. We come to You, just as we are; saints, sinners, people who make mistakes. Help us to let go of anything that is not of You. Help us to know that our self-worth does not depend on our ability to hold on to our own lives, but our dependence on Your Strength and Power to release ourselves into Your hands as clay to be shaped and molded in community.
God of Wisdom and Strength, make Your Holy Presence known to us today. Give us Your Vision for our lives, our community and our world. Clear away the fog and the weights of complacency through Jesus the Christ, so we may catch a glimpse of Your Glory in the here and now. Help us O God, to live and grow in community by Your Holy Spirit to become what You have dreamed and created us to be.
We pray in your many names and in Jesus’ name. Amen
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