Unified Rhythms of Community

Day 40  February 9, 2013

Community Rhythms

Crocheted Granny Squares
Community Rhythms

“What can you do with yarn?”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

A profound Missional Community Statement:  “The granny square is the foundation upon which unlimited new and exciting designs can be created.”  –from The Granny Square Book, by Margaret Hubert

Granny Squares – a staple for those of us who crochet.   They are usually made from colorful scraps of leftover yarn crocheted from a center cross outward through several rounds to form a square.  The squares are then attached together, usually by a unifying color of yarn.  (For a great “How-To” tutorial for making the squares go to WikiHow.)  I have always been fascinated by the colorful blankets made from them.  My aunt made me one that was unified with green yarn that was a wedding gift.  My mom made me one twenty five years later that was put together with black yarn.  I count both of these labors of love among my treasured possessions.  I also see them as a representation of congregational rhythms.  Image 2At the core of each of us is a foundational belief in Jesus Christ from which all else flows.  The activities that color our days give us our unique beauty and wonder.   And when we come together in unity to celebrate or worship, play and learn, grieve or rejoice we create a beautiful color-full body of Christ.

Mom's Granny Squares

Mom’s Granny Squares

SOME WAYS OF CREATING MISSIONAL RHYTHMS IN OUR COMMUNITIES:

  • Create ways of connecting with people where they are in their journey of life.
  • Find the rhythms available through the existing resources in neighborhoods.
  • Include Spiritual Growth and Formation as a constant rhythm in your life, both individually and with others.
  • Be prepared to accommodate others in your personal rhythms of life.
  • Discover the hurting, lonely, and suffering in your neighborhood and provide rhythms of hope and healing.

About 365MissionalPractice

Love God, Love Christ, Love Others. I am passionate about creating Missional Relationships that encourage disciples to personify Christ's message. As a minister in a Community of Christ congregation in Virginia I am learning everyday what it means to be vulnerable, to risk, to experiment, to share in a world that needs the redemptive healing of Christ. View all posts by 365MissionalPractice

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