The Body of Christ as a Pilgrim People
As part of the Body of Christ,
the Emory United Methodist Church is a pilgrim people, journeying with God in
While each of us brings to God different
gifts, talents, and vision, and knows only a small part of the valley through
which we cross, ours is a shared journey into which God daily calls each of us
and for which Jesus Christ daily equips us and gives us the example of his own pilgrimage
of faith, hope, and love.
Our pilgrimage is one of
radical grace, believing that all of creation, all of life, terribly fragile
and wondrously resilient, is a gift, offered to all people.
As Godís pilgrim children, we
are both recipients of that grace and stewards of it, called to praise God who
is its source.
Service in the World
We give expression to our
pilgrimage, and give voice and melody to our praise, through our service in the
world and our welcome of the stranger among us.
On this pilgrimage, we are
called by God to be honest about our lives, our doubts, our mistakes, our
questions, and our needs as human beings who seek integrity of spirit and life.
As children of God, our shared
pilgrimage is one of the heart and of the hands, a long process of living out
the journey, its questions, its fears, its pleasures, and its solaces.
Our common worship, the rites
and rituals of the Church, are one means of giving expression to those heart
matters, of strengthening those hands for the work of stewardship and service,
of helping each other in the journey.
Worship is the community
together to teach and to learn the ways of Godís pilgrim people.
In worship we are reminded that
we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who in their time and place had
also been pilgrims on Godís journey.
A Pilgrim People
Like those who have gone before
us on this journey, sometimes, our steps are hesitant and faltering; sometimes,
we run the pilgrimís race with assurance and grace.
At all times, it is God the
creator, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit that calls us into
this pilgrim way, leading us on to new questions, new work.
This is who we are and who we are
working together to be.