Team Rector: Rev. Margaret Sherwin
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. (Ephesians 2;19-22)
We tend to think of church in geographical terms. We talk about going to church, meaning that we are travelling to a specific location. We discuss the maintenance of our church, in reference to repairing the rood. Or we might talk about a church being beautiful, in admiration of the architecture. This is the general understanding of ‘church’.
When Paul describes the church being like a holy temple, he is talking about us. You and I, we are the church, we are the holy temple. He is highlights our role as members of his household and citizens of his kingdom.
It is not a building, the church is a holy temple, set apart for God.
So if we are the holy temple, our actions and words should reflect the character and purity of a Holy God to reflect God’s love to those around them. But the most important stone in our whole church, the strongest and best stone is Jesus. He is the one who can take all of our stress, all of our problems, all of the things that we can’t manage and he can help us not to worry about them.