By Rev. Doug Rokke, American Lutheran Church

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,”  ~ Ephesians 2:19  (NRSV)

Recently I had the graveside service for my stepmother. It was held at the Round Prairie Lutheran church in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  When we arrived there I saw there were about fifty people who were attending, but I could only identify about six of them. After the service we gathered at the church for a luncheon and fellowship. As the time went on, different people came up and introduced themselves. By the time we left, I found out that I was related to most everyone there. It was a strange experience to be with all these people and find out that we were related and had a common bond.

But later, it occurred to me that we were related in other ways as well. Although we did not know each other, we also had a bond of faith. As we gathered at the cemetery and sang songs and shared the funeral liturgies we shared this bond of faith. Like being relatives, in Christ we were united as members of the household of God.

The same is true in our community. While we may have different churches and may vary in our style of worship, we are still united in Christ. This month let us continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.