We often call the place we worship, “our church”.

Shared experiences have made it so.  The life of a church is embodied in life within the church.  We call this history.

Yesterday, as we examined rural churches, there was quite a discussion about how history affects effectiveness in a church.  Knowing the past can help us connect with those who have poured their lives into a church.  Knowing the past can help us sidestep hornet’s nests that have been stirred once too often.  History can even give us clues as to new ways of ministry.

I have a unique history with the church I currently attend.  I was “born into” this church.  I was carried to services shortly after my birth.  Although our family moved away at a young age, I returned in my early twenties for four years.  Twenty five years later, I returned once again.  My current stint here has been for 10 years.

I am both a recent citizen, while also being born here – with roots going back to my grandfather, who homesteaded here.

I have history and yet I am new.  A peculiar situation which lets me speak to different generations of inhabitants of this church.

What an awesome privilege.  And responsibility.