Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Community at Worship

This Sunday is All Saints Sunday.

It is also a communion Sunday.

We also have a baptism.

This means that my sermon only needs to be maybe 3 minutes long.

I'm sure that there will be a very mixed reaction to how this service will go. At some point, I may face the question of why the baptism was scheduled for this day. Or perhaps people would prefer to look at the baby instead of listen to me talk for 15 minutes.

What might be right for you may not be right for some. Apologies to the Facts of Life, but that's the nature of worship. On any given day, a service can be a wonderful epiphany-producing moment for one person, but it may have been the most awful, target-missing experience for the person in the next pew.

I'm tying it all together on Sunday by talking about how baptism, communion and All Saints are all meant to happen in community.

Some of the community may like it. Some may wonder why so much has to happen in one day.

What might be right for one, may not be right for others.

And when it comes down to it, whaddaya gonna do?


Unknown said...

I understand the struggle about the length of the sermon! However, I also was thinking: Oh how cool! To bring a new saint into the community as you remember those who have gone on and then to join together at the table.
It would work for me.

Anonymous said...

Our pastor tied the death of a 100 year old member, the saints that had passed before (those who have passed influence your future) and the birth of twins last week into the congregation. It worked.

genxpastor said...

How strange, I've got a baptism Sunday too and a Mission Moment as we are in the midst of the stewardship campaign. I think it's pretty cool to have the baptism on the same day myself, welcoming a new saint while parting with others until we join together in the heavenly banquet. You'll pull something good (and brief) together!