Jesus: Yes!, Church: Uh, no thanks.
Tomorrow we start a 9 month preaching journey through the book of Acts. It is the logical next-step to the preaching series on the major themes from the Old Testament and, last year, the life of Jesus. The life of Jesus flows into the church. Yet, when it comes to church, what a mess!
We all have our stories. We all have our opinions. We all have our church wounds, from harsh pastors to mean deacons. We also all have our tender moments, fond memories, transforming experiences. Each week we will try to reinforce the text with a chancel set that speaks to the text of the day. Tommorrow's text is Acts 1: 1-14. In this first narrative of the church's life, the disciples meet with Jesus, hear resurrected versions of the Kingdom of God and are told to go back and wait for the promise. Waiting bites! Yet that's what they did. The plain kneeler with just the Christ-candle speaks of the starkness of waiting in the presence of Jesus.