Every month, one of our pastors writes an article for the congregation as part of our newsletter entitled The Advance. Below is the article from October 2014
From The Pastor
Mrs. Guse, my teacher in 3rd grade, taught me the folk proverb: When I point at someone, three fingers are curled back and pointing at me. I keep pointing, but Mrs. Guse has been right more often than not.
“We have never done it that way before!”
“We have always done it this way!”
These “proverbs” have been the block for doing anything new in the church – or just about any established human endeavor – since human beings have been keeping time. I don’t know how often I have accused people blocking change, but today, Mrs. Guse’s maxim reminds me that for every time I accuse someone else of entrenched thinking, I could easily find three circumstances where I could face my own unwillingness to try something new.
“The Living Room” has met just two times, exploring an alternative expression of worship. While its beginnings have hardly been on the scale of a Grand Opening, I am amazed at how it has changed my perception of the way we do things—and especially the way I do things.
Trying something “new” is an essential prod to a healthy life in the Spirit. It’s a wonder to me why I oftentimes need a taser-level jolt to see that! But the best mindset to living faithfully is to welcome change; watch for it; embrace it.
The best kind of change is one introduced with a barely-perceivable sprouting. I believe that God prefers to lead us this way. Instead of shocking our system with a blast, God plants a seed and then asks, “Do you perceive it?” The challenge to us (to me) is to be responsive enough to our moment, that God doesn’t have to resort to more aggressive means!
Join me in seeing something new today. “Do you perceive it?”