Fellowship

Fellowship

Today’s Scripture Selection: Second Corinthians 13:14

Mention the word “fellowship” to me – and my mind almost immediately goes to my little church’s “First Sunday Fellowship” breakfast gathering – or one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of fellowship meals I have attended as a pastor over the years.

Those are nice events – albeit a little hard on the waistline.  I wonder, how many green bean casseroles I have eaten over the course of thirty-some years of ministerial service?

But fellowship can be something profound and deep.

Just consider this benediction from one of the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church:

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

There it is.

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is at work – providing amazing grace, unfathomable love, and deep, abiding fellowship.

That’s a whole lot more than a chance to get together, swap news, and eat green bean casserole.

Find ways to fellowship with God this week.

In

  • Prayer
  • Study
  • Praise
  • Service
  • Contemplation
  • Offering
  • And just simply being still and knowing God is God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, blessed Trinity – thank you for so many opportunities to be in fellowship with you and others – and all that it can mean.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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