Summary: Our new church name describes who we are and who we want God to make us into.

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Our New Name as a Prayer October 22, 2006

We began the decision-making process to change our name back in January on this year. We went through deciding that we would begin the process of choosing a name for the church, and then received suggestions for possible new names. We voted on all the possibilities and narrowed it down to four, then we voted again and narrowed it down to one name. Then we gave you the opportunity to vote yes or know for that final name. You said yes to Runnymede Community Church with an overwhelming majority. Much prayer was put into the process, as well as the decision. Even though voting seems very unspiritual at times, I have become convinced that this is God’s name for this Church. We have had prophetic words and confirmation for “Runnymede Community Church” and I know that the leadership, and you the congregation put a great deal of prayer into the choice; listening for what God wants and praying for unity in the church as we went through the process.

I believe that God has given us this new name, not just as a moniker to be known by, but as a prayer for our congregation. A prayer that we would be a Community Church. This prayer comes from 1 John 1:3-4 (we’ve been studying 1 John on Sunday mornings)

John speaks of his hope in writing this letter: he says “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”

This is how Eugene Peterson Translates it: “We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this too. Your joy will double our joy!”

Community with God

John says, “our fellowship, our communion, our community is with God.” That is my prayer: that first and foremost, we would live in community with God.

God whom we worship is the very model of community – the Trinity, the three in one. The Orthodox church has this great word that they use to understand the trinity, and that is “Perichoresis.” It means “circle dance.” I think that it is one of the best ways to understand the trinity – an eternal dance between the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the one who invites us into the dance, and Jesus, the Son pays our dance ticket so that the Father welcomes us with open arms. - Dave’s painting

It is my prayer that we would learn the dance better and better, that we as a community and as individuals would learn to hear God’s voice, to hear his divine music and understand the rhythm of his movements so we can keep step.

Last week I said that I would like nothing better than to be known and a friend of God, as a person who knows God, and that is my prayer for this church, that we would know God and be known as a people who are friends of God.

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