service. A time when people would rather do ANYTHING than attend a worship service. Weird, huh? Sit in a 'pew', get 'preached' at and told what to believe...what's not to like?
In 1950, more than 400 people showed up every Sunday at the corner of Beacon and Centre. Now, we are a small group. A little under 100 each week - and that's 'above average' for churches in the US.
So what happened? Well, alot, and much of it is good, actually. We'll leave that discussion for another time. For now, we have some cantaloupes to put in our calendar (see previous post if you are confused).
There are plenty of 'good' things we can invest in as individuals and corporately. There is no lack of need. However, the trick is to invest in the right things, the things we as individuals and communities are uniquely positioned to impact. Most of us spend the majority of our lives figuring out our 'calling', our unique opportunity to contribute to creating the world that 'ought to be'.
Our church is beginning a new lifetime and is in the process of discerning what our unique contribution will be. There are many questions and conversations to have, not the least of which being, 'What are the needs in our midst and around the world which make our hearts beat fast, needs we are passionate about?'
In the meantime, we have three canteloupes, three areas of focus for 2013: Worship, Community Life, and Students. The next three blog posts will focus on these areas.