Have you ever stepped into a greenhouse on a cold, winter day and sensed the warmth and humidity of air that brings life to the plants inside? We think of God's presence like that life-giving warmth and water. It nurtures, sustains, and grows life - even in unexpected seasons and places!
At Life on the Vine, our ultimate hope is to live connected to the presence of the Triune God, because God's presence is life itself. All that we do as a church family is centered on our longing to be with the God who Jesus Christ makes known to us. Because when we encounter God, our lives are reordered in His presence. We experience healing. And we learn to live in ways that are just, true, and beautiful.
More than this: we believe Jesus is growing gardens of new life all over the earth! The life that he is growing in our community is just a piece of the whole.
In the "greenhouse" of Life on the Vine:
- We are received. We all come with a story. And we are received by God into this community, just as we are.
- We are rooted. We let our roots go deep in the soil of liturgy, prayer, and community. We also "unroot" ourselves from less healthier soils, like the lies and false narratives that often keep us from connecting with God and one another.
- We grow. We change and grow as we respond to God’s work in our lives. We become a different kind of community as we practice a way of life together: reconciliation, being with the least of these, thanksgiving, prayer, and justice.
- We offer who we are as gifts. We see how God is bringing life around us, in our neighborhoods, work places, families, and in this church, and we join in what He is doing.