7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. -I John 4:7-12
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:42-47
God is love and when we are at our best as the church we have everything in common through deep bonds of friendship and relationship because of Christ and the Spirit.
Churches tend to be large groups which make it difficult to connect and build strong relationships together. The system we at UCC have chosen to provide safe spaces to build these loving relationships is Small Groups. Over time we hope to add to the number of groups, strengthen each group, and as a church provide better direction for these groups.
God is not isolated...He is three in one. We should not isolate ourselves either...from one another or the world. If we are truly joining in chorus together, then we will Resonate as a church and build those loving relationships with one another out of the Love God has for us!