Life Together

by Vicar Emily Ebert

Life Together. We all have our own ideas of what the phrase, ‘Life Together’ implies. We all have our own communities of which we are a part, and our own ways of existing within them. We throw around words of ‘love’ and ‘community’ as followers of Christ, but how do those words get played out in our lives? Sometimes there are unconscious boundaries that prevent us from revealing our whole selves to our neighbors. If we are unable to reveal our whole selves, then we might begin to wonder about the depth of our relationships. If we are unable to face the realities – the joys and the struggles – in our own lives, in our community at Zion, in our various circles of friends, and even within what we see as our various circles of enemies, then what kind of relationships do we have? We need relationships that create systems of support and love, but we also need relationships that challenge each of us and help us grow as a community. In Psalm 133:1, it says “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell in unity!” That does not mean we will agree on everything, but it does mean we will listen to each other, bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), and encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25).

This week we begin our book study on Bonhoeffer’s book titled Life Together. Bonhoeffer was a man who brought faith, doctrine, intellect, theology, action, and discipleship together. The book is based off of the experience of life in a community for an underground seminary during the years of the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer not only challenged the German sense of community, but the sense of community within the German clergy, challenging action and inaction within the communities of the Holocaust. Bonhoeffer gives advice and guidance that can challenge us to think about how we live as followers of Christ, within our congregation and within the world. The purpose of the study is to build curiosity about what the words of Scripture and Bonhoeffer’s words mean for us now. Come, ready to dive in. Come, ready to challenge each other. Come, ready to question the world we live in.

Zion still has books available for $10 (also available on Kindle). Contact Karen Stein (kstein@zionsa.org) or Emily Ebert (eebert@zionsa.org) if you are in need of a book. You may also call the church office at 210-688-3090.

Each week, we will discuss one chapter of Bonhoeffer’s book. If you miss a week, that is okay. Let me (Emily) know, and I can send you the study questions for the week you missed.

1. Wednesdays – starting June 3, 6:30-7:30am at The Egg & I on Bandera (a great way to start off the morning, especially if you cannot make an evening Bible study time)
2. Wednesdays – starting June 3, 7-8:30pm in room 101
3. Sunday – starting June 7, come to Adult Sunday school at 9:30am
4. June 15-19 – 7-8:30pm, meet in the Narthex to study one chapter each night during evening VBS. Register with Karen Stein for this session by June 7th.