“Woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.” (Colossians 2:2)
At Kathwood we are guided by these words written by the apostle Paul many years ago. This New Testament book was written as a letter to the church at Colossae, a town located in what is now modern Turkey. Colossae was a cosmopolitan town, comprised of the indigenous Phrygians, Greeks, Jews, and Asians. Obviously there was cultural and religious diversity. The early church in Colossae had to find a way to weave themselves together within the grace and love of Jesus Christ, because their backgrounds were so varied.* Just as the Kathwood family is comprised by people of different family backgrounds, educational and professional differences, and socio-economic differences, so were they. And this posed challenges to a young congregation making its way in the midst of a city that did not understand who Jesus was.
We do not face the same challenges and threats this early church encountered. But we can learn from them the importance of unity: focusing ourselves on the generosity of God’s love and grace showered upon us and modeled for us by Jesus. That is what Paul is encouraging Christians to embody.
The 3-Year Capital Campaign for the HVAC Team has chosen “Woven with Generosity” as our theme because of the guidance toward unity we find in Colossians 2:2. To raise the money needed to replace our aging heating and cooling system, plus support the daily ministries we value, is the challenge before us. It will require unity and generosity to make this happen. A small portion of the congregation will not make this happen. Everyone is needed to ensure Kathwood is a healthy presence of love and grace in the years to come. Please pray about your part.
To pastor this congregation is a joy! I am proud of the steps we are taking AND of how we are embracing the challenge set before us. Pray with me that God blesses Kathwood in ways that will bring love and grace to all in our reach.
*This information and further commentary may be found in Interpretation: Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon; Ralph P. Martin; WJK 1991; pp. 81-99)