are undergoing a synchrobog today on the topic "What is Emerging in the
What is emerging in the church? I have no idea. But I have my ear to the ground at House for All Sinners and Saints, the community to which I belong.
Here's what I think is emerging at HFASS....here's where I
envision God calling us to be (some of these things already exist and
some are yet to)
I envision a vibrant community which averages 80-100 in
worship. The leadership within the church is undertaken by many people
based on what they are passionate about. We have maintained the
participatory nature of our liturgy while more people work to created
it. Writers write the prayers, musicians create music, artists adorn
the worship space. It is a place that celebrates
the arts in all its multiple facets from music to painting to stain
glass windows to poetry, dance and sculpture – both to engage in faith
and just to celebrate life in general. There’s
always food. People laugh more than anyone would expect in a church.
We see the promise of narcissism, which is ever present in our consumer
culture, for what it is: a lie. So we do the radical thing of showing
up even if it is not the thing we want to do in the moment because it
may meet the needs of someone else (not out of obligation or guilt, but
out of freedom). Those drawn to more of a whole-life faith undertake
praying the hours together. A small group gathers for sung Matins each
day. We are known in the community for being purveyors of whimsy and
mystery. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We glorify the
stranger. We insist on the gospel. We sing our hearts to God. Who we
are changes with everyone who joins us or leaves us but what we are
about is constant. We gather around Word and Sacrament. We respond to the needs around us. We relish in
subversive generosity. We pray our asses off. We know what other
resources are available in the community so that we can refer people to
them. Work is joy because we do it together and for the sake of God.
We retreat twice a year. Children help create and participate in
worship. We respond and adapt. We are nimble yet rooted. We have a
good reputation amongst those who are usually suspect of the church.
New people are given a meaningful place in the community. We point to
nothing but Christ and him crucified.
May God make us worthy of our calling.