Dear Friends,

As I prepare my message for this week, I keep thinking about the verse “be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10). I was curious about the phrase “knit together,” and I learned that in Greek it can mean to repair, restore, or perfectly join together. What knits us together as Friends? What repairs or restores us?

Sometimes the things that bring us together are difficult and sad, as we saw this past week with Marcy Maury’s memorial. As hard as that was, I am grateful for the ways the community came together to celebrate Marcy. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help plan the memorial, usher, run tech, provide music, and as needed. It was a beautiful worship service for those who knew and loved her.

Having the same mind and purpose does not mean that we all think the same way or have the same gifts. I am grateful for the varied gifts in this community and for the ways that we listen for the voice of the Spirit together to find our purpose. I look forward to happier occasions when we can come together for fellowship and to know each other more deeply.

Blessings, Ashley
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