Where Everyone Knows Your Name

What comes to mind when you hear the word fellowship?

Warmth? Common bonds? Shared experience and hopes and dreams?
We read in 1 John 1:3, “We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ.” In the original Greek, the word fellowship is υποτροφία meaning fraternity, sisterhood, solidarity, companionship.

As human beings we crave intimacy. We long for fellowship. To be connected. To do meaningful work. How often do you hear someone voice that they’re looking for their purpose in life? Looking for what God is calling them to do and to be?

God is calling us to be in fellowship. With God and with each other. Love one another as I have loved you, he commands us. This is what God calls us to do. We can search high and low looking for intimate connection and sense of worth, but it will elude us until we connect with one another while serving God. “We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us.”

The whole premise of Cheers, the iconic TV show of the 80s, was “You want to go where everyone knows your name.” We want to be where we are known, really known, and loved. God wants that for you, too. Fellowship. We’ve got that here for you at Mount Olivet. Look through the pages of this Messenger, online, in the Sunday bulletin inserts and find a place to dip in your toes. And if you’re a young married couple, or a person who likes hanging with special needs folks, call me! Boy, have I got a place for you! – PASTOR HAMMERSTEN