“Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-27 (emphasis added)
Is our church building holy? No, it is just brick and mortar. Are our people holy? We are sinners (which we know all too well about ourselves) but also saints as the forgiven people of God. But St. Mark Lutheran Church is indeed holy because she is the bride of Christ in this place, and what we do here is of God. In this place we:
- gather around and hear God’s Word,
- receive the Lord’s Supper,
- receive Absolution,
and so much more, all in the name of God.
Might we have disagreements? Absolutely. Might we have different opinions? Most definitely. Those are of human origin, neither right nor wrong, but human. But we give thanks we have a holy place in our lives, be it cathedral or chapel, where God, now and always will have precedence. That’s why we are blessed to be able to say: St. Mark Lutheran Church is about Connecting People to Jesus!
From the Spirit newsletter, April 8, 2016