One of the things I love about our church is that although we are what might be called a micro-church, we support 7 seminarians. I’ve been in churches a hundred times bigger than we are that don’t support anywhere near that many church workers, if any at all. Another thing I love about our church is that, small though we are, our congregation consists of such a variety of people–families with babies, the elderly, cool 20-something singles, uncool curmudgeons; and also Africans, Hispanics, Asians, and even Iranians. It all reminds me of the unity-of-variety that St. Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians, what a body is supposed to be.
He also tossed off an observation that has me still thinking, that fear and love are two sides of the same coin. I can see that: we fear death because we love this life; we fear embarrassment because we love our status. Vicar Yang related it how we are to “fear and love God.”