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Living Stones

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 NIV

If you were to go into the church's cellar, you would see the large stones used for the foundation. While I can't attest to their origin, my assumption is like the stone walls so common around Massachusetts were dug from the property's ground. Although some daylight now peeks through the masonry, the foundation appears as strong as when laid nearly two hundred years ago.

While this simple but stately old white clapboard building is a place of worship, the church is the people–all of us. You may remember the jingle taught to us as children, "Here's the church and there's the steeple.Open the door and see all the people."

Also, the proclamation in the hymn, "We Are the Church."

I am the church! You are the church!

We are the church together!

All who follow Jesus,

all around the world!

Yes, we're the church together!

Today's verse reminds us that, like Christ, we are living stones–not stationary masonry, but living and breathing foundations. We are being built–the process is not yet complete; it's an ongoing journey toward sanctification. We are joined with Christ into a holy priesthood. We are given authority to carry out God's rule here on earth–not simply bystanders but to be active participants.

As priests, we are to offer sacrifices, and we are the sacrifice: the living us, not some animal offering, but a covenantal relationship with God. Our sins have been atoned through the blood of Jesus, but God still desires our worship and gifts. What are those sacrifices that are acceptable? "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Holy Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, Savior, and Living Stone. By the Holy Spirit, build us into the spiritual house you desire. Guide us in exercising the authority granted as priests, to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly." May the gifts we offer to be found acceptable to you. In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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