Wanna share in communion where your imagination is expanded by God’s love for the lowly? Or where it’s limited by your fear?
Here… I got a question for you. When asked if we can open our doors to the poor, invite them in to Party with Jesus (Luke-14 style), who said “NO…” because of liabilities? Was it the homeless who come to worship? Or was it church leadership?
Did you guess the bums?
Oooooooh… I am sorry! That was not the correct answer. Do we have a parting gift for our losers? No? Okay. So be it.
No. The answer we were looking for was church leadership, sadly. They said we could not host the homeless in our facility for an all-night prayer service because of “liabilities”.
On the other hand, the homeless – the bums drinking behind the Downtown Liquor store, on trashed out sofas in the alley – welcomed a worship service there in the waist-high weeds. And as we shared the bread and wine, one lady shared with us two songs she had written for Jesus when she was in jail. Another man preached us a fine sermon on the Love of God (and I was able to offer support by helping him site the scripture passages he wanted to quote). Another led us in prayer. We all sang together and shared the meal.
And then one of us pointed out that in our city we have some very wealthy and powerful individuals who sometimes hold important meetings where they make big decisions that effect our community for years to come. But there in that alley, we were having a power lunch. A meeting with God. And we decided it would be important that we make the very powerful decision to pray for those other important people and their important meetings, because in the Age to Come, it is possible none of their work will matter and no one will remember them.
If you weren’t there, sorry we missed you. Perhaps you will come next time???
Think about it…