Matthew 25 Congregations
Covenant is a Matthew 25 Congregation!
What is a Matthew 25 Congregation?
Matthew 25:40: “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
The PC(USA) has invited congregations to take seriously the call that Jesus places on us in Matthew 25. When we serve God’s people, we are directly serving Jesus Christ. The PC(USA) has identified three foci to help guide congregations in living out that call: dismantling structural racism, eradicating systemic poverty, and building congregational vitality.
In accepting this invitation we are affirming our call to “learn God’s love, live God’s love.” The invitation affirms that we learn about what it is that is wounding Christ’s body, and affirms our calling to go and love God through loving our neighbor.
The Matthew 25 invitation means that we are dedicating ourselves to view our ministry through these three lenses. In everything we do—worship, education, mission, fellowship—we will think about how we are serving our neighbor, and in doing so, serving God.
We need your help living into this new identity. How do we dismantle structural racism? How do we eradicate systemic poverty?
This effort requires us to think creatively about where God is calling us in this community. If you have any ideas on how we can live more fully into this identity, or if you are interested in partnering with fellow friends and members of Covenant, please contact Pastor Charlie. The Mission Committee has begun brainstorming some ways that we can be transformed by this new identity.
About the Matthew 25 PC(USA) Logo
The circular shape represents unity and equality. Like God, a circle has no beginning and no end, and it symbolizes our continuing effort to help one another. The shape also suggests a globe that points to our engagement with the world.
The three interlocking figures represent the equality of all people without gender or race bias. They have their arms around each other, symbolizing friendship, protection and service. The number three suggests the three focus areas of congregational vitality, structural racism and systemic poverty, as well as the Trinity.
The color palette is bright, lively, friendly and energetic — suggestive of our active commitment.
Finally, the legend “Matthew 25” below the symbol is the literal identification of the mark. We use a handwritten font to make the point that active engagement in the world requires human effort.
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