Today we begin a series called Living into Community. The series is based on a book by Christine Pohl, Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us. Pohl observes that ‘Human beings were made for living in community, and it is in community that we flourish and become most fully human’. Pohl identifies that, at the heart of human communities, are practices that hold it together. She understands practices are things people do over time to address fundamental human needs. For Christians, Pohl suggests, ‘practices can also be understood as responses to the grace we have already experienced in Christ, in light of the word and work of God, and for the sake of one another and the world.’ Pohl identifies four practices that are ‘evident in almost every group of people whose connections or interactions with one another are more than temporary’. There are four practices that we will give attention to over the coming weeks: expressing gratitude, making and keeping promises, living and speaking truthfully, and offering hospitality.