Wednesday, October 03, 2012

we come together

jonny baker put me on to the site: There is some great stuff there. I like this poem about why we gather as the church.

We come together
because things are not right
because we don’t know what to make of the world
because we are bewildered
because we need shelter
We come together
because peace has not come
because your kingdom is a long time coming
because your will is hardly clear
and yet brutally clear
because we are threatened on all sides
because we have lost our way
We come together
because we notice the gap
between who we know we are
and who we want to be
and we feel giddy on its edge
We come together
because Jesus said, Come to me and I will give you rest
I will give you living water for your soul
I am the bread of life
because Jesus turned on the crowds
and had compassion on them
that wanted to be fed
We come together
to set the stage
to act as if it might be true
that we are loved
to love each other
to treat each other fairly
to see each other for who we really are
to allow others to see who we really are
with no shame and no fear
for we are all unequal
we are all disabled
we are all addicted
we are all dying
We come to pretend
that what we dream for tomorrow is true for today
that we live in a strange kingdom
where nobody is standard
nobody is predictable
nobody is average
nobody is unacceptable
nobody is judged
and nobody is judging themselves
where advertising does not standardise our dreams*
where our view is only filtered through God’s eyes
where instead of punishing each other for our own failings
we act with justice
love with mercy
and walk humbly with each other
and with our God
*nicked this phrase from Rowan Williams

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