O u r C a lling 7 saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteous- ness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Such a people came into being in Jerusalem at the first Pentecost. As described in Acts 2 and 4, the Holy Spirit descended on the believers who had gathered after Jesus’ resurrection, and the first communal church was born. Just as it was then, so it will be today whenever the Spirit is poured out on a group of people. They will be filled with love for Christ and for one another, and their communion of love will lead them to share their goods, talents, and lives, boldly testifying to the gospel. This is our calling in church community. We are a fellowship of brothers and sisters, both single and married, who are called by Christ to follow him together in a common life in the spirit of the first church in Jerusalem. We desire to remain true to this calling all our lives. For its sake we gladly renounce all private property, personal claims, and worldly attach- ments and honors. Our vocation is a life of service to God and humankind, freely giving our whole working strength and all that we have and are. 7 Church community is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Any attempt to force it into being will produce only a ­disappointing caricature. Without help from above, we human beings are selfish and divided, unfit for life Acts 2:38–39; Joel 2:28–32 Ezek 36:24—37:28 Acts 4:31 John 15:16 Eph 4:1–3 Mark 10:28–31; Phil 3:12–16 Luke 9:57–62; 1 Jn 2:15–17 Matt 22:37–40 Rom 13:8–10; Gal 5:13–14 Acts 2:4, 39–47 Ps 127:1–2 Rom 7:14–25