The 1980s brought us the classic sitcom Cheers and its famous theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” The song’s catchy lyrics resonate deeply, don’t they?
Making your way in the world today Takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?…
Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name And they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see Our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where Everybody knows your name.
We all want to be known deeply…and still loved and accepted. I believe those desires are universal—hardwired into the very fabric of our souls. I believe this to be true because God made us that way! We have been crafted in His likeness and bear His image (Genesis 1:26,27). God defines and demonstrates perfect community in himself through the mystery and wonder of the Trinity. He is one God in three persons operating in perfect harmony: Father, Son, and Spirit.
We all long for that harmony with others…and ultimately with God himself. That’s how He made us. He made us for relationship!
Part of the calling of followers of Jesus and the Church is to enter into that type of relationship with each other. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). That is actually a command. Here at Grace, we strive to provide various opportunities for those in our orbit to connect with others in meaningful relationships that fill our God-given relational longings. That type of “belonging” is difficult and messy because we’re all a work in progress.
The connection points we offer vary in their personality and purpose. We have Grace Groups, Grace Polaris U courses, Women’s Bible Study, men’s groups, The Grace Choir & Orchestra, service teams, ministry teams, and so on…I could go on for a long time.
One particular type of group I want to highlight is our Summer Affinity Groups. These are specifically designed to mobilize just about anyone in our church, to foster fun and relational touchpoints, and to provide easy connections with people inside and outside our church—even if they don’t yet know Jesus. How cool is that?
Do you have something you are passionate about? Anything? Why not consider using that passion to meet, teach, train, and enjoy others? In doing so you can practically live and verbally share the Gospel of new life in Jesus. Apply to sponsor a group or sign up to join one today. All the information can be found here.
Enjoy this summer! Use it for eternity!
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Jonathan Wiley is the Community and Connections Pastor. A native Buckeye from northeast Ohio, Jonathan met his wife, Kim, at Grace, where she has been connected since childhood. Jonathan studied business (Grace College) and theology (Grace Seminary) before working in management for a leading multi-national corporation in northern Indiana. In addition to spending time with his family, Jonathan enjoys the outdoors, water sports, handyman projects, and commiserating with Cleveland Browns fans. Jonathan and Kim have three young children.