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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

October 12, 2012

IN COMMUNITY

I have done this more than once over the years.

I’ll go to the hospital to visit parishioners and visit someone who is dying. After that visit I will go to another floor in the hospital and visit a newborn baby and family.

It’s a minister’s life (probably the life of many medical workers also.) Yet, it never fails to amaze me that we are given this privilege to be a part of the beginning and ending of peoples’ lives; the best of times and the worst; the alpha and the omega. I like that such moments are afforded me in my calling as a minister.

This past week had its moments also. There was no birth and death, no beginning and ending-type drama; but it gives a picture of what work there is to do, and how I as a minister am privileged to experience it all.

On Sunday, I was a part of the Confirmation Class’s Opening Breakfast and then in the afternoon we went to the Ropes Course up at the Boy Scout Camp on Route 23 near Delaware. What could be better than to be in the woods on an autumn afternoon? I’ll admit it would have been nicer if the temperature had been a bit warmer and the occasional spitting rain had not come. Still, how fun it was to be with a couple other chaperones and a bunch of 14 year olds.

Later in the week I was with our Wednesday Book/Video Group. Last week we discussed a book, this week we watched a video. I had seen the video before and wanted to share it with the group. A few others had seen it too.

My point? My work allows me to be with teens on one afternoon and a few days later with adults in the evening. It would be good to have some time to myself, and I do get those days, but the privilege of a Christian Community is that often times life is lived “in community.”

Someone mentioned that the video was better when it was shared, and I would agree. I saw more in the film the second time. Besides, the whole point of the evening was not so much that we had or had not seen the movie previously; it was that we came together, shared a meal and some time, laughing and wondering about the story in the film. I enjoyed seeing just what lines in the movie made our people laugh – lines and situations which I did not experience as a solitary moviegoer a few months earlier.

The work I am called to do brings me in contact with a wide age range, something that many are not able to do. It is said that following Christ can be done in a solitary way but that life as a Christian is best lived in Community. After this week, it is easy for me to understand why.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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