And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 NRSV)

In a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown and Linus are standing next to each other, staring at a star-filled sky. "Would you like to see a falling star?" Charlie Brown asks Linus.

"Sure..." Linus responds. "Then again, I don't know," he adds, after some thought. "I'd hate to have it fall just on my account."

In the book PARABLES OF PEANUTS, Robert Short uses this cartoon to make the point that a star did fall on our account. God came down to us as Jesus Christ to be our savior.

I hope we never forget that Jesus Christ is the reason we are here. We are called to be the church of Jesus Christ.

God of my church, let me not forget about being the church. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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