Saint is not a term we frequently think of in terms of the church community, and to be honest, not one that we frequently deserve. Yet, it is the most common address for Paul in writing to the earliest gathering of faithful people. I suspect it was a reminder to himself that the people to whom he was writing were, in point of fact, more holy than he might sometimes think, after all he occasionally had to take them to task. I also suspect it was meant as a reminder of who we are called to be in hopes that the people of faith might just sit up a bit taller, stand just a bit straighter, and behave just a bit more like we know we should.
Over the coming weeks, we will be considering the message of Paul to us “the Saints” of Centenary UMC by considering the message he wrote to “the Saints” at Ephesus. This week, we begin by reminding ourselves that what matters is the plan of God, not all our various ideas and activities. I hope you will be spending time in the book of Ephesians and even more that you will join us for worship. I’ll see you Sunday, Saints.
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19