We are a family of retirees, professionals, singles, couples, parents and children that seeks, together and individually, to see Jesus, to know Jesus and to show Jesus.
We see Jesus inwardly through worship, prayer, contemplation, meditation, silence and solitude. We see Him in His created universe. We see Jesus in and through the Scriptures, sacraments, liturgy and the present moment. We see Him in outward opportunities to love and serve those in our immediate families, church family, spheres of living and communities. We see Him by seeking to bring just living conditions to the world around us. As Mother Teresa said, we see Him in His distressing disguise of the poor. That includes not just the materially poor, but the emotionally, mentally, developmentally and spiritually poor around us.
We come to know Jesus through our spiritual journeys, which place each of us on a trajectory of awakening to the “With-God” life. He awakens us to His presence with us, in us and around us, and causes us to desire the “we-ness” of God-in-us. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, / And every common bush afire with God. / But only he who sees, takes off his shoes. / The rest sit ‘round and pluck blackberries.” We wake up to God through prayer, service, time spent alone with Him, worship, music and a host of other ways. We begin this journey with a simple “Yes” to Jesus’ invitation to know Him (John 17:3).
We show Jesus by knowing Him and knowing God. St. Augustine, and later both Martin Luther and John Calvin, expanded upon the truth that in order to know God we must know ourselves and in order to know ourselves we must know God. We are created to live in a reciprocating, I-Thou union with Him. Safe in this sweet and intimate relationship, we grow in our ability to more accurately be the image bearers we are created to be (Genesis 1 & 2). We show Jesus by simply doing life with Him and Him doing life with us. St. Francis of Assisi summarized this thought when he penned, “Preach Christ, use words when necessary.”
In our process of journeying with Him, it is Jesus’ desire that we become more and more satisfied in Him—in His love, in His Life, in His grace, in His presence (John 15). As we do, we get to pass on this satisfaction, this rest, to those around us. We have often heard (and perhaps even prayed) that we might be “channels” of His love and blessings for others. We are His children trying to simply live in and experience the great sea of His love (Psalm 34:8). As we immerse ourselves in His “living water,” we get to invite those around us to come to Jesus, too, by splashing them with His grace, compassion, joy and life.
So, all that to say, “Hello and welcome! We invite you to join us as we together seek to see Jesus, know Jesus and show Jesus. Come on in, the Water is fine.”