Week end and week out Sundays come and go. The patterns that have grown up over the decades in what we call church services or Sunday worship services are frighteningly the same, regardless of what “brand” of church you call home. Mostly, we are inside a building for a short period of time where we follow a pattern that has come to be called church.
- We gather.
- We drink coffee and have surface conversation.
- We sing.
- We hear announcements.
- We listen or not to someone teach/preach.
- We are invited to ask God into our broken lives or we are beckoned to an altar to ask forgiveness of our sins.
- We drop by a glass with wine or juice and broken crackers and dip and eat or small shot glasses reminiscent of a bar are passed around with juice or wine and we call it communion.
Often when I leave this weekly routine, I ask myself the same question that the song title asks: “Is that all there is?” Surely, the answer has to be no!
One wonders when we will change our paradigm. When will we discover that Sunday is the day of the week that should remind us that in Jesus we live in a new creation as new human beings with the assignment of demonstrating that new creation to others around us. Tom Wright asked in his recent book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, the following question: “What are you going to do this Sunday that is creative, that brings justice and mercy, that offers healing and hope?” (170).
Consider these thoughts:
- One has to wonder that instead of living to turn the world right side up, we continue to live in the world thinking its thoughts and practicing its actions.
- One wonders what would occur if we took Wright’s question seriously? One wonders why we are always inviting God to do something when he is working already nonstop?
- One wonders when we will comprehend that he is inviting us into what he is doing, inviting us into his unbroken world instead of us inviting him into our broken world.
So, what are you going to do next Sunday that brings justice, mercy, healing, and hope to your neck of the woods?