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I’ve been thinking about change and church a lot lately. If you’ve been in church for any length of time you will be able to identify things that have changed. Last week I talked about how things have changed since my childhood, but think about how much has changed since 2000. When I came to Clear Lake most of the men wore suits and ties to church. We still had church on Sunday night but were beginning to experiment to see the best way to utilize our time together.
We had recently put up our first church web page and were just beginning to discover the powerful impact a good web site can have. We would continue to spend money on yellow page advertising for several more years but eventually realized that money spend on our web page was a better way to advertise. I could go on and on with changes that have taken place both in our worship as well as our church life in general. All living things are in a constant state of change. When we stop changing we die!
Why is it then that talking about change is so frightening? I’ve heard it said that we are losing our identity. There’s probably some truth to that. I’ve heard some say that we’ve become more interested in entertainment than worship. I don’t think so but I’d be open to talking about it. I’ve heard others complain that we now appeal more to emotions. My guess is that’s probably true since we have historically been a bit overbalanced in the areas of intellectual reason and rational thinking.
While all these things and more must be examined, the bottom line is the question I asked in the sermon: Who holds the scepter? I’m much more interested in processes that enable us to discern the leading of the Spirit than I am in endless discussions about change. Change is inevitable! The questions that remain are: What kinds of changes are needed? Is the change Spirit led or is it a misguided attempt to accomplish something that perhaps God is not calling us attempt?
We as a church need to discern where we are, how we got here, and thus the direction God is calling us to move into our future. It is my firm conviction that God is not finished with us. Thus, he has plans for us today and tomorrow. May we have the courage and faith to follow his leading. And may we love one another enough to do it together.