Then her twin brother, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, also pastor of New Canaan Worship Center, preached to the congregation about "Building Community."
He based his sermon on Galatians 6:2 that says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" and Romans 15:1 that says, "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves."
Pastor Blakey defined community as a group of people connected by common interests and common values. Community is where you know everybody and everybody knows you.
According to Pastor Blakey, the church is a type of community where if you don't show up, someone will notice.
When we are in community we share with others what we have. When we run out of sugar or another item, we don't have to run to the store to get it because we can get it from our neighbor who really doesn't expect us to pay it back.
As a community of faith, the word of God tells us to bear one another's burden and by doing so we fulfill the law of Christ, and we who are strong should help the weak.
We build community by loving our neighbor as ourselves. When you grow up in a community you know your neighbor and you won't do anything to harm your neighbor.
After giving the congregation more examples of how to live in community, Pastor Blakey concluded by saying Jesus designed community by carrying our burdens on the cross when He gave His life so that we could be in community.
All of the human race is a community with needs. Pastor Blakey shared with the congregation one of his favorite quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by saying:
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."