Did You Hear the One About…? 40 Days with Cartoon Church
From the Scriptures:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28.16-20)
“The Church is the only organisation that exists for the wellbeing and fraternity of its non–members“. (Archbishop William Temple)
One of the most quoted words of William Temple it is perhaps a good place to end this series of Lent Reflections with the new beginning of Easter Day.
It is easy to forget that Christians stuck in church, no matter how holy or knowledgeable we may be, are of little use to the extension of the Reign of God. Perhaps that is why churchwardens need a variety of strategies – my favourite is ‘approaching people with a rota’ – to encourage people to ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.’
Writing these reflections have helped me, and I hope readers as well, to look more closely at life within the community of faith. Dave Walker’s way of looking sideways at the church has been humorous, challenging and at times has made me go ‘ouch’. However navel gazing all the time is not helpful and, if we partake of it too frequently, we may find ourselves in the business of peddling cynicism instead of holding out to others the gift of life.
So, having spent 40 days working out our own salvation perhaps now is the time to help others know more of our Beloved’s great love? Now is the time to go and find those members of the Body of Christ who do not yet meet week by week in a building called ‘the church’ and welcome them home.
How we do this will vary from place to place and person to person. Living the Five Marks of Mission and enrolling in the Archbishops’, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative may be good places to begin. It does not really matter which we choose, so long as we choose to share the love we have so generously received from our Beloved.
May you have a glorious Easter and be so overflowing with new life that the ‘Invisible Church’ we have not yet met will be eager to become part of our fellowship of love.
May the Babe of Bethlehem bring you peace.
May the Child of Nazareth bring you joy.
May the Man of Galilee bring you strength.
May the Christ of Calvary bring you courage.
May the risen Jesus bring you hope
and the ascended Christ a foretaste of his glory.
(Fr. George Potter of Peckham)
For other words of William Temple have a look here (but do give in to the temptation to read some of his writings in full as well).
If you would like to read more about the ‘Invisible Church’ have a look here.
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Scripture quotations are copyright © New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
These Reflections, ‘Did You Hear the One About…’ are copyright © Andrew Dotchin 2017