Sunday, September 16, 2007

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. The focus last Sunday and today is on a growing community. A regular part of the schedule here at Hometown Friends Church is “open worship.” It’s a time to listen to God and, if prompted, share with the congregation. I’m thinking about how limited our interaction is and wondering what would happen if we all left our pews and moved to the perimeter of the room where we could more easily see each other. I wonder if we would actually move around to deliver face-to-face a word of encouragement or some thoughtful inquiry about another person’s well-being. I wonder if people could walk up to a trusted friend and share a burden that a strong soul could help carry. I wonder to what degree these pews facilitate worship and to what degree they are an inhibiter.


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