The irony of introducing our theme on Sunday morning, “TOGETHER IN 2022”, when in-person attendance was down due to Omicron and Facebook Live attendance was nil due to technical difficulties was not lost on me. The best-laid plans, right? The current climate suggests churches and communities are having a hard time figuring out how to do “TOGETHER”. The ever-growing “culture of contempt” is pushing people further apart while God’s Story is still about bringing people together. Let’s be honest. Sometimes being together is harder than being apart. There’s a reason why there are approximately 59 specific “one another” commands in the New Testament. We need help because “TOGETHER” can be hard! But, in general, being together is better (Prov. 27:17) and smarter (Ecc. 4:9-12) for us. Our challenge is to learn how to be together in a God-honoring way! Our memory verse from Romans 12:10 (Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.) is one of many imperatives given to teach the church how to live together “in view of God’s mercy” (12:1). After helping the church to understand, believe, and trust the gospel in chapters 1-11, the first thing the church is asked to do is to live out the gospel in the family of God. The first imperative calls for “relentless commitment” and the second for “tireless unselfishness”. “TOGETHER” isn’t maintained easily. Just ask Jesus who lived, died, and resurrected to bring us back together again with God! This year we will focus on how God wants us to do “TOGETHER” in our marriages, families, churches, schools, workplaces, communities, and beyond!