This week we celebrated PMC’s 31st birthday! We had a picnic, there was bocce, and we had an opportunity to talk about our community as a family. Included this week are three different reflections. Lisa Muthiah and Margie Cameron both offered their own stories and reflections on what it means for them for PMC to be a family. Then we had the opportunity to reflect on Mark 3:19b-21, 31-35.
19b Then he went home; 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” …
31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
We covered a wide range of issues, the helpfulness of (or problems with) family language, patriarchy, and the difficulty of being in a covenant relationship with imperfect people.
This week lets be thinking about this whole notion of being the household of God (Eph 2:19):
- How is PMC a family for you? How is this a helpful metaphor, how is it problematic, and how does Jesus invite us to re-envision this “family”?
- How can we learn together to become a family of “doers” and engage others to join us on this journey?
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