TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

The Gathering: Accept No Substitutes


The Church calls us to this gathering and experience each Sunday in memorial of the Lord’s Passion, death, and Resurrection. We gather together as a resurrected community and orient ourselves in worship around the throne of God. According to the Scriptures, we step into an eternal experience outside of time. We join our voices to “an innumerable company of angels . . . [and] to the spirits of just men made perfect” (Hebrews 12:22–23). Together we worship, listen, give thanks, surrender, commune, and are sent out into the world as the light and fragrance of Christ’s love. We offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God, in and with Christ. In this movement of worship, our souls are nurtured and healed, and our human vocation is fulfilled. Everything within the walls of the Church is centered on Christ, and there should be no distractions to this focus. The worship, teaching, sacraments, and fellowship of the Church reveal Christ and make Him present. The services of the Church answer the question Jesus posed to His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20). Through communal worship, Christ’s identity and ours are revealed. In this experience we meet Him as He really is and as we really are. There is no substitute for this experience. It cannot be replicated on the golf course, in the woods, or out on the water. While communion with God can be experienced in all these places, they are not the Church.

– Kevin Scherer, Truly Human

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By Rich
TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Rev. Rich Vincent

After 24 years of pastoring, I continue to stumble toward Christ, and invite you to do the same. Prayerfully hoping the material on this site will aid you to this end. Grace and peace!