Mucky Paws

For a while I have subscribed to Mucky Paws … great creative liturgies from Roddy Hamilton. I found this catching my eye this week in particular … a challenge to remember what it’s all about!

The passion of Christ is something the church is invited into… not just to try out like a new dress… but to identify with… in other words to be marked with… This Sunday of the passion of Christ is the time to betaken back to our original identity… to be in communion with the suffering of the world…

The success of a church however is usually described through numbers… a growing community… an enhanced sanctuary… a tea bar and a coffee bar… ten bible studies and hundreds in our youth groups…

But that is success only by worldly standards… The word ‘success’ is not a gospel word… it is not in the vocabulary of heaven… it is a word never found on the lips of Jesus…

Success can never be used of the church… so hush your mouthes you doom merchants of the church… Anything we do it can only be marked against how we identify with the suffering of the world… how much this community of faith-people… is in communion… shares the passion… the suffering… of the people of Palestine… Syria… Peru… Korea…

This is a passion that takes us out of ourselves… our local community… and places us… side by side… with those globally… invited into our suffering as we are into theirs…

How much do we partner people… not from a position of power… but in the place of pain… sharing the suffering enough that it becomes part of who we are… Living any other way as the church… simply bloats us with numbers… that brings a comfort that is closer to the high priest in Jerusalem… than the saviour on the cross…

This passiontide… we bring ourselves back to our primary identity… to carry that cross… and share in the passion… that is very real in our world today… In sharing in this suffering of the world… we come face to face with Jesus Christ…

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