WHY GO TO CHURCH

Why Go To Church?
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:”I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!” When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

WHO YOU MEET CAN BE IMPORTANT

WHO YOU MEET CAN BE IMPORTANT

We walk this earth, sometimes as agents of God and we meet, and visit others walking the same way. Today I met a lady who inspired me to understand what I do is important not the the action, yet to inspire myself to do more to enable others. The 30 minutes I spent with this person, will encourage me for the next 30 months to continue my call. I was lost in a sea of confusion and God brought me two oars and the will to row myself into calm seas. Praise God for whom all blessings flow.

CELTIC CENTURION
FAITH IN VARIOUS EXPRESSIONS
RON M WEEKS

NZ Anglican Eucharist Requirements

NZ Anglican Eucharist Requirements

NZ Anglican Eucharist Requirements
Posted on December 4, 2013 by Bosco Peters • 4 Comments
Eucharist in New Zealand

I have been pressing the Anglican Church here to be upfront about the liturgical chaos in our province. I think there is huge confusion about what is required, allowed, and forbidden. And that alongside inadequate study, training, and formation in worship. General Synod Te Hinota Whanui 2012 (GSTHW) received a motion from our diocese seeking movement on this, but it did not discuss that motion, passing it on to Standing Committee to address. As we near the next meeting of GSTHW, we have heard no more about it. So I am going to start by making my own reflections on this.

I think that the minimum requirements are totally inadequate to preserve and encourage common prayer** in a relatively small worshipping community. We are careful not to gather national statistics, but I am going to guess that around 30,000 will gather for the Eucharist in Anglican Churches in New Zealand this Sunday – that’s the size of a hearty diocese in some places and in the past.

The requirements are:

A priest [or bishop] leads The Great Thanksgiving.
The bread for the Eucharist should be a good quality bread; the wine for the Eucharist should be a good quality wine.
Any remaining consecrated bread and wine, unless reserved, is consumed.
There is a reading from a Gospel [It is unclear if that Gospel reading must be the one either in BCP, 2 Year Series, 3 Year Series, or RCL; or can just be a verse chosen by someone, for example.]
Any Eucharistic Prayer may be used that is approved by GSTHW, or equivalent, of any member church of the Anglican Communion.*
As far as I can see that’s it. Greetings, responses, singing, readings, movement, action, everything EVERYTHING! is possible. And nothing more is required. Let me put it more plainly for those who are skimming and take for granted their own experience – there is no requirement for collect, confession, blessing, any of the responses you experience, nothing that makes your church the same in anything whatsoever in the words said or sung as any other church in this land.

MY comment reply to this subject

As in many other Communion bodies, one of the confusions and contentions, even here in Canada is the need for weekly Eucharist service. If the question is about the layout and presbyteries role that is well set out in Rubics and Canonical laws, by each body. I feel your comments are more about the actual substance and form of where a wine and body are used, whether it is subject to some limitation. I know of no definite convention to exact what would be out of bounds. I have shared Communion worship under even battle field situation. We all are Anglican in my view by a reason to attend a service, casual or formal, to read scripture in any portion which can be the heart of discussion, dialogue of some part, and share a peace of grace, so that a tradition of worship is best received by the persons two or more in present. I think we as a church catholic are making far too much about what, where and when. Our coming of the belief can never be so simple yet vital in how to be in faith, care for each other, and forgive us when we miss a step that allows us to like Christ, with Christ and salvation of a One Bread, Body and spirit of grace, mercy and thanks for what Christ taught us as the Great Commandment.

CAFE CHURCH MEETINGS AT LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS THEOLOGICAL PUB DINNERS AND CONVERSATION GROUPS

Mission
I invite all a new approach to redirect interest in a conventional different form of worship practice where Cafes, coffee shops and Pub style dining would allow small groups table idea. Various forms of faith services without a formal church.

To offer a new approach to redirect interest in a newly formed program of worship practice where Cafes, coffee shops and Pub style dining would allow the a new church pew, or round table idea with fun and still meet a basic reason for sharing the Bible passages in the same ability without the need for formal traditional church like conduct. The reasons are that many people would arrive at Tim Horton’s or a Sunday morning breakfast in a pub like setting for a short Bible study more readily then at any weekly service. The idea has found new members and so I am bringing the program to the internet to share the expression with those who might be ready for this method of theology without the need of a conventional church building service. Please invite me to setup a weekly evening or early morning time in the Local Victoria area, and I will be very glad make the arrangements, where two or more can drop in and share the coffee and the scriptures for a 45 time period, soon.
 
Why Go To Church? 

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve
gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor”column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until
someone wrote this clincher:”I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the Impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! We often confuse what Jesus said, to the audience he spoke with at the time, to the culture which existed. Jewish laws and regulations were mainly applicable to Orthodox Jewish people. We all know the text of scripture, yet we seldom seek to understand it’s relationship to the society then and even more so today. Holy living is vital yet strongly unachievable due to less than strong will for common people to accept the demands to follow through. If you share daily offices faithfully for a single month you will comprehend what I am saying. Miss one time either Morning , Midday or Evening and Compline and you will grasp the meaning Jesus Christ calls us to follow, not just observe.

DOOR HINGES AND FAITH

DOOR HINGES AND FAITH

We often take something for granted which seldom is noticed. The door hinge is one of those items you never notice until the door is off center. You hear people often comment that the door is not sitting right, are the hinges loose or broken? Yes they are. Care to help me fix it do, it wouldn’t take long. Well no,  I just wanted to let you know because it really should be fixed?

Religion in Anglican culture is very similar, with people complaining why doors of parishes need fixing as well as the pews filled. Anglicans and other faiths are filled with problems and errors like clergy issues, abuse and many other historical problems. Theses complains from the pew seldom ever take any active interest in fixing or accepting the broken hinges in, or making time to assist in resolving parish growth. The church is a living organism not an organization,  it said writer. I looked up door hinges on an open search the web page. It has a great deal about how they are made and even the origin and production. Not a lot of people find this topic of interesting or worth reading about. Certainly denominations of all Western churches have even  the same view about Evangelist outreach or inviting people to seek faith again or for many the first time.

I  work on  a Christian mission  project  both on my own creation and a small group project in my community to advise on ways Anglican in BC could be encouraged to join, or return  faith. Roman Catholic news articles from the Vatican,  mention that new artist are being paid to design new art in light and forms to focus attention on a subject forgotten and denied for over 400 years. Many RC and Protestants are definitely feeling lost interest, as Christians for door hinges and parish equally.Officials are making great strives to identify new interest in art and buildings, yet little is even mentioned  of evangelism, openly.Medieval times to the present art buildings expressed awareness of a church beyond community where they were placed. Cathedral of wooden church identified to visitors the signs of what a culture not well educated, yet able to appreciate visual expressions easily, mean for all inhabitants and travelers. Hinges were a sign on the door of what the church could reveal inside, today they are painted only if the rust and hinge needs quick repairs. People do not see faith any more as well as rusted and worn out hardware to an old problem best not discussed as well about being Evangelist in conversations with others.

Over the next few commentary entries on this blog, I hope to express what needs to be done by the culture of church people now to fix hinges and pews with lubricates to making the doorways of any church sound inviting, to make the pews and words of Gods message noticeable. Communities need to clear the rust of indifference from the pews like the door hinge, which is certainly important as opening the doors with oil that free’s  locked fears and resentment to aged past errors.

Forgive the organization, as God forgives by grace, mercy and hope that removes the seals of wax in peoples minds just as rust would over the mechanical components on still locked doors. The hinges are straight on every church door as institutions, and people inside both clergy and lay are strongly  working to build  the organism of belief and hope, clearly aware of the past. Doors their forefathers kept closed and hinges tight to a world are not the way Christians are, please come even for a coffee and a moment to see the art in all it’s beauty on the walls and windows.Do not hurry and admire the hinges on the entrance of every sanctuary in every community. Even coffee shops and pubs now hold faith meetings too. You need to only know you and your family or friend, have a seat reserved every day to hear and respond  to God’s love  in the reading of devotions and meditations first and foremost.