Marietta First United Methodist Church

The More We Get Together

By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults

I have a daughter and two sons ranging in age from 21 to 29. When my three children were small, we were often together in my mini-van darting to any number of activities including, but not limited to, tee ball games, ballet recitals, art classes, soccer practice, violin lessons and swim lessons. This time of year, in particular, was always busy as school was winding down and summer was gearing up. The schedule was often tight, and in order to maintain the peace I kept kid-friendly cassette tapes in the car to enrich our commutes. Many of these tapes were episodes from Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey series in which Mr. Whitaker was the local Renaissance Man; a cross between a soda jerk, a Bible scholar, an inventor and a scout leader. This series provided healthy teaching and entertainment for my children for miles and miles of car trips!

Another popular entertainer in our vehicle was the musician, Raffi, known for his lively songs for the very young. Raffi’s playlist includes, “Baby Beluga”, “Down By the Bay”, “Shake My Sillies Out” among others. Last weekend I was in Athens for my four year old granddaughter’s ballet recital, and Raffi was playing in the CD player as we drove to the event in my daughter’s car. Such fond memories of twenty years ago came flooding back to me as we sang along to, “The More We Get Together”. If you aren’t familiar with the chorus it goes like this:

The more we get together, together, together. The more we get together the happier we’ll be!

At this time of year we are getting together . . . for graduations, for weddings, for reunions and for vacations. Sometimes those gatherings draw us away from worship on Sundays.  Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Enjoy your time away together this summer with family and friends. However, when you are in town, please don’t forsake coming to worship because, as Raffi (and the Lord) knows . . .  the more we get together, the happier we’ll be.