My panorama picture doesn’t do justice to the actual church entrance, but I wanted to show how many people find themselves in this spot when they finally getting the nerve to open the doors and enter inside.
The Petrous Kirche is part of the wider Badische Landeskirche and is of the reformed tradition. The church was completely renovated and refitted in the last few years. The photo captures the upper floor of the building that contains the sacturary, a variety of meeting rooms, a kitchen and toilets. At the far right of the picture is a little bridge to the front entrance of the Diakonie that offer social services to the wider community. On the ground floor…which we don’t see from this view…is the kindergarten. In the last couple months the Petrous community and the Anglican Church in Freiburg have partnered with a third church congregation, the Royal Family Baptist Church. The stimulus for this work was partly a new church building that was under used. Now it is a building that is in high demand with multiple user groups.
The ecumenical relationships are still being worked out, in what I like to think of as dance partners. There are times when we step on each others toes as we learn the new moves. Despite the initial discomfort and awkwardness there is a vision of real teamwork and partnership that serves not just the members, but the wider community.
The diversity and enterprise makes us all stronger. So if you have walked up the stairs, or taken the lift…or even strolled through the vineyard next-door and hopped the fence; people of all walks of life have an opportunity to come through the doors of the church.
I also need to remind myself and others, in that when we leave the doors of our respective worship services we do so through the same doors. We leave as One people in One Church.
Ephesians 4. 1-5
I [Paul] therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.