GOD'S COVENANT LOVE: celebrating
30 years of God's Faithfulness in Covenant Community [Go to Table
Putting God at the Center
By Sue Cummins
As a teenager I had a close relationship with the
Lord. I wanted to live for God and to help others know his love.
I was very moved by the words from John 15:13, "No one has greater love
than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." I asked God
to give me opportunities to lay down my life for others. I longed
to share my life with people who put God at the center of their lives.
I didn't realize it at the time, but I was longing for and praying for
Christian community. God heard my prayers and brought me into Christian
community when I was twenty.
This is my commandment, that you love
one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:12-13
As I look back over 30 years of life in community,
I am grateful to God for his faithfulness and love. He gave me a
group of people who love him and who loved me. More importantly,
he gave me a place to love and many opportunities to lay down my life for
others. Christian community has provided me a context in which to
live out my life as a disciple of Christ.
As a woman living single for the Lord, I am encouraged
by those who share the same vocation, but I am also encouraged and called
on to greater holiness by the dedicated married couples who share their
lives with me in community. Seeing them face trials and temptations
with courage and perseverance gives me the courage to persevere.
Their children bring me joy. I am grateful to my brothers and sisters
for responding to God's call. I am grateful to the Lord for giving
us the grace to commit our lives to one another. May we never take this
great gift for granted!
Table of Contents
Celebrating 30 Years of
Godís Faithfulness, by Don Schwager
Being Rooted Together in
Godís Word, by Jeanne Kun
Beacons of Hope,
by Rev. Patrick W. Egan
Bet!, By Van & Janet Vandagriff
Calling Out the Best in
Us in Christ, by Bob Bell
Counter-Cultural in a Non-Christian
World, by Ellen Gryniewicz
Long Distance Commitment,
by Tom Gryniewicz
Putting God at the Center,
by Sue Cummins
The Servants of the Word,
a lay ecumenical brotherhood in community, by Dick LaCroix
Abiding in the New Song
to the Lord, by Nancy Murphy
The Call to be a Missionary
People, by Bruce Yocum
Mere Christian Community,
by Steve Clark
Sue Cummins is a senior women's leader in The Sword
of the Spirit. She teaches high school and serves in University
Christian Outreach and Detroit Community Outreach.