Presbyterians believe God calls people and their unique gifts into a particular congregation--where God has a purpose for those gifts. A gathered congregation practices the Christian life...forgiving and being forgiven, serving and being served, learning and teaching, praying and being prayed get the picture. In the "participating," we are shaped by God into God's people. We don't know exactly how this happens, and we are not in control of the process or the timing, but we see the transformation happen.