This morning, I am beginning a series of sermons, entitled “Called Out.” The title comes from the word in the New Testament word that is translated for the church. The word is ekklesia, and it literally means “the community that is called out.” We, the church, are not a collection of individuals who gather once a week. We are a community. We are not a private sect or club that gathers in secret where only members are welcome. We are a public community. The church is a public community that is called out of darkness to walk in the light of Christ so that the world can see a picture of the kingdom of God.