One of my all time favorite poems is by an English poet named Gerard Manley Hopkins who lived and wrote 170 years ago.
In this poem Hopkins illuminates that humankind is distinct in all of creation in that who we are and what we do are not always the same thing. Where the bell rings because the bell is a bell, and the stone falls and splashes because it is a falling stone, we human beings must learn to grow into who we actually are — children of God (Ephesians 4:13). Eugene Peterson calls this “congruence” — one’s inner life and outer life perfectly aligned, when a person does what a person is. He believes it is the chief objective of the Christian life.
Join us this Sunday as we explore how the old Vineyard phrase, and Beaches Vineyard Core Value, “Everyone gets to play,” has an instrumental role in helping us as a church and as individuals learn to “act in God’s eye what in God’s eye we are — Christ — for Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his, to the Father through the features of our faces."