Why do we worship as a whole town-wide community once a year? Because we are committed to the healing and unity of the Body of Christ, the whole church.
Once a year, we leave our beautiful New Life land and worship with most of the other churches in Dripping Springs, at the stage set up on Mercer Street for the annual town festival - Founders Days. thttp://www.cityofdrippingsprings.com/default.aspx?name=fdf.home
This year, One Church worship was April 23.
During the year, the pastors of Dripping Springs meet weekly for breakfast and prayer. We pray for each others’ ministries and support each other. It is a wonderful gift and resource.
And once a year we take the brave step of closing our churches to worship together. Many of us are mission churches, and all of us are in a growing community. So closing for a Sunday is a risk. No one wants to be closed when visitors arrive. It is a choice and a sacrifice.
Worship at One Church is also different - in our case, we sing different songs and worship in a different style. It is a step out, out of our church, out of our routine, out of our place of comfort. It is a choice to heed Christ’s call, in the words of the Apostle Paul,
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
“When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people.”
(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. - Ephesians 4:1-16
As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are especially committed to this unifying work.
“The ELCA is committed to fostering unity among the children of God for the sake of the world.”
We are proud to be part of this church which is in full communion with many of our sister church bodies, and in bilateral conversations with many more. See the link above for a list of those relationships and conversations.
“The ELCA is committed to promoting understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ’s people. Brokenness can be healed and divisions can be overcome. To this end, the activity of ecumenical life in the ELCA is one of cooperation, facilitation, accompaniment and formation within this church, and with our ecumenical and interreligious companions.”
At One Church, we worship together as Christians in Dripping Springs. We sing and pray and share communion, as Christ commanded and by his example, welcoming all, accepting our differences for the glory of God’s kingdom.