Monday, 25 January 2016

Going through the motions

One morning I put the trousers on the ironing board, turned the dial on the iron and waited a few minutes for the iron to heat up. After doing something else close by I then started to iron, it was not going as well as I expected and the creases were not coming out. Sprayed the water cannon on them and still the iron was not doing what I wanted, it was not until several minutes later did I realise the iron was not on at the wall.
I was going through the motions, not thinking and just doing. I think we sometimes do church and following Jesus like this. It is so easy to go through the motions that we lose the sight of what we are doing. We forget that we are a worshipping community and just come to sing some songs, we forget that we are called to love one another as we rush out the church door.
The challenge is to not go through the motions, but to remember who we are and why we do what we do.
Maybe sometimes we need to step back and look in order to see where the problem is and how we can be more aware of what we are doing and why.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Why a Blog?

It would be sensible not to do a blog! Time is precious; the danger of saying something not quite right; the fear to say something so that time does not pass without saying something.
However, I want this blog to make people think of Church differently, to be surprised and to break down the stereotypes that are out there.
This will not just be a blog that the minister (that's me by the way) writes and rambles on about, but a place for collaboration and different members of the church to share their thoughts about things.
A place where community, individuals and church meet in discussion and thoughts. This will only work if people are willing to engage and create some good, healthy, fair and compassionate dialogue.
So here is your invitation to follow this blog, contribute and maybe think of Church in a different way.