“It’s a big church. It has lots of programs,” Jeff said when I asked what he liked about this church. It was rather refreshing to hear enthusiasm for bigness. We’ve been in plenty of settings where we’ve heard the opposite. Many small churches consider “intimacy”, “warmth”, and “familiarity” high values.
When we go to bars, we always ask people what they think makes for a good church. It’s pretty common to hear the Cheers theme song mentioned -- a good church is a place where “everybody knows your name.” Even if the person we’re talking to doesn’t go to church (and doesn’t want to go to church), they see the appeal of being part of a small community of friends. On the other hand, we often hear negative things about big churches; it’s pretty common for people to believe a big church is impersonal.
Rodney King (“Can’t we all just get along?”) grows increasingly dim. More than ever, the Church needs to live out the words of Jesus: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
3-D looking Last Supper art above the platform.
the persecution of female politicians in Bolivia and prayed for them, along with other oppressed women throughout the world.
parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. He suggested that the parable is about the attitude of the workers had toward their master, rather than the performance of the workers. If we believe in a harsh God, we’ll bury our talents. If we believe in a gracious God, we’ll be willing to take risks.
The service concluded with a time of prayer for healing. The elders and prayer team waited in the front with anointing oils and prayed with those who came forward. Quite a few people did.