At St. Paul we call ourselves a family, because, though the grace of God, that is what we are. We're first and foremost the family of God. God takes us, with all our baggage, our preconceptions, and our judgements, he washes us clean through Christ, and he adopts us as his children. That is why God’s family, his Church, is bigger than any one group or one church. It is global; it spans throughout history and time, and it connects us with spiritual roots so wide and so deep it will take us an eternity to soak it all in.
At St. Paul, we are also a church family. Like any family, we are comprised of real people with real hurts and real problems. But, these do not define us. Instead, we trust in God’s extraordinary grace. This grace is transformative. It calls us to a profoundly new life, one that strives to love as Christ loved us:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (I Corinthians 13:4-7)