A Word from Mike…
The past three weeks, I have preached about the history of Christian education within the believing community, the history of worship, and the importance of ritual.
When I placed these on my sermon schedule, I found it difficult to imagine how I would present the information. Where would I draw the line on the number of details for each topic? Would I be preaching or lecturing? Would the congregation be inspired or uninterested? My ultimate goal with each sermon was to show the historical importance that each one plays in connecting our present with our past, so that we might be as authentic as possible to our call as Christ’s “church.”
Both academic and personal experience have helped me to realize how quickly “simple” details can be forgotten, and how the church’s focus can veer off course. One generation’s discounting or lack of appreciation, as in any one of us not passing on the torch, can make a significant difference on the generations that follow.
As a person once said, “It only takes one coffee stain to ruin a white shirt!”
I certainly don’t want to be a coffee stain! I know you don’t either. The simple solution, or the bottom line, may be in our daily effort to be INTENTIONAL. Intentional in knowing why we do the things in faith that we do. Intentional in knowing why we find value in those things, enough value to make us want to pass it on to others.
Thank you for being such an intentional part of my faith experience.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
Sunday Evening, September 16th we will meet at 5 pm for discussion time and a fun activity.