You’ve got me thinking, you and your comments and blog posts and yesterday’s lectionary readings about vines and pruning! Over at Abbotsford Roddy has, as usual, been mixing insightfull questions with fabulous liturgy. All of this led to a sermon yesterday that was a bit of a half formed thought. So I’m going to ty to finish the thought here…
Roddy’s question was simple, yet our answers to it reveal something fundemental about what we already know about church and how it should be. He asked:
‘If I were to start a new church it would…’.
Think about that question for a moment. How would you answer it? I we were to wipe the slate clean and start afresh what would church look like? How would it be? What principles would it be founded on? What would we miss out?
What struck me yesterday as I was preaching my sermon was that we already know what church should be.
Our answers to that simple question reveal that. So I’d like to ask another question:
Why do we allow church to be all the things we know it shouldn’t be?