MY CHURCH

My church is so vast it reaches the heavens
It can’t be contained or bottled or sold,
Its spires are seen in the wings of a blue jay
And the limbs of a tree as its branches unfold.

My church is so deep that it reaches life’s sorrows
It hears every longing and sees every pain,
My church is a servant, its heart is a message
It doesn’t need self-adulation or praise.

It beckons each stranger and all weary travelers
Who sojourn by day and into the night
They open its “doors,” the Arms of the Father,
Immediately loved and immersed in His light.


Statue_Rio8

ALONG THE WALL by Leigh Nash


Looking for a House of Worship?

Here’s an invitation for you:

Welcome all Rastafarians, Hindus and Jews
The Blackman, the Redman, the hurt and abused
The Proud-hearted, fatheaded, meek and the mild
Our doors are all open – you can come as a child!
There isn’t a front seat, back, side or center
Just come as you are – enter, enter!
Hungry or fed, come alive or come weary
Crawling or leaping, bright-eyed or bleary.

All Welcome! All Welcome! All Welcome, we say!
We can’t wait to see you and love you today.


– by Shalameth


Advertisements

Posted on October 18, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Newmission,
    Just wanted to add to your editorial about Paul and the context of scripture you used….
    lets be clear ok…Paul saw the Greeks had a statue to an “UNKNOWN GOD” so he said:

    “inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”

    Paul saw an opputunity to reach the people thru there own circumstances he saw a” open door”
    to present the Gospel
    we all know that we are created in Gods image..
    this is the human race …
    But we are seperated from God because of the fall of Man ….”SIN”
    Pauls only purpose was to reach these people for
    Christ Jesus !
    here is the rest of that chapter:
    ACTS_17:
    29″Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

    32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”

    For the cause of CHRIST !
    AMEN BRO !

  2. Thanks Chan tat ming,

    That is a great observation i totally agree….
    God Bless !

  3. In response to Western Dog:
    I agree that it never was a building – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
    But as far as Heb. 10:25, Paul didn’t write about a building for assembling ourselves together either.
    It’s the assembling together that’s important. The care for one another, the edification we can get from communing together to encourage each other and work side by side to share His love, everywhere. Two or more – or four – or ten score. It could be in a house or in a field or on a train.
    Too bad that Christians through the ages shut themselves off in their “buildings” most of the time and don’t see or know what’s happening in the other churches even right down the street from them, or in the next town over. And most of their in-house events and services will not be frequented by the many who pass and drive by.
    Not criticizing. Let’s all provoke each other to change that.

  4. Colossian 1:27 first reference

  5. In reply:

    To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

    Never was a building was it ??
    the building is for meeting together as the apostle Paul has told us to do:
    HEB. 10:25
    Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

    AMEN

  6. Don’t know who Shalameth is even after googling the name. But the idea is simple … anyone can come and join in at the table with Christ. But we as followers of JESUS need to point the way to Him. Without Him we are lost and going to hell. Yes, let’s find a common ground. Paul did that and pointed the way to Jesus! Jesus did that and glorified the Father and also made it clear that HE was the way. truth and life. Can’t get to Father unless you go through Jesus. Yes, find a common ground. Yes, fellowship with everyone. And yes, point the way to Jesus, the only way to the Father in Heaven.

    Colossians 3: 5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

  7. Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    You know, I just looked around and he’s gone.

    Anybody here seen my old friend John?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    I just looked around and he’s gone.

    Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    I just looked ’round and he’s gone.

    Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
    Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
    And we’ll be free
    Some day soon, and it’s a-gonna be one day …

    Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    I thought I saw him walk up over the hill,
    With Abraham, Martin and John.

  8. 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
    24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ [b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ [c]

    This portion of scripture seems to have all of the above covered. It’s obvious that God does not dwell in buildings as Paul states here. I have always suspected people and churches making statements like “God showed up” or “the anointing was heavy”.
    What really blows me away is how Paul engages the Greeks who worship false gods. He finds the things that they have in common. The unseen god and the Greek poets who have written about creation and the Creator. He told them all that THEY were God’s offspring.
    I think this is the Spirit in which Shalameth wrote this post, we are ALL created in the image of God.
    Imago Dei
    Thank you Shalameth for reminding me of what the Gospel is and how we are to present it. With Love for EVERYONE.

  9. It is good that someone has the wisdom to know that God is the God of all men, not just one group or the other. I embrace your idea Shalameth of this house of worship. I believe somewhere in The Book it does say that God shall no longer be present in the Temple or any other building. This would be aligned with your description more than that of the buildings on every street corner that bear the word church in their names. I hope that a day comes where I, my Muslim and Hindu brothers could come and enjoy the love of God together with Jews, Rasta’s and those who follow Christ.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: