Touché March 20, 2015
Posted on March 20, 2015 by under Touché,

Let’s Get Together

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24, 25)

We have gotten out of the habit of meeting together.  Two weeks ago we had a choir from Cornerstone University here.  I knew we did not have much connection with Cornerstone, but my guess is that if Cornerstone came to Hopewell twenty years ago we would have over one hundred people out because it was a church event; two weeks ago it felt like we had about twenty– mainly the people who were hosting students.

Times have changed, people are busy, we are more disconnected and people are not looking to the church for their social or cultural connections, but it is good to be together.  We have people who go to Gatherings, people who go to Foundations, people who go to Recharge and rarely does the twain meet.  We have folks focused on children’s ministry, those connected with our youth ministries, small groups that have been together for years, but rarely do we all come together in the same room.

Sheryle Silvern and Warren Jee are working on goals to share in more intergenerational ministry.  Warren is teaching the confirmands about “Sticky Faith” or a faith that lasts beyond youth group.  One of the key components of Sticky Faith is young people making connections with older people in the church.  Sheryle and Warren have put together an evening of coming together for a talent show and potluck.  Do you remember potlucks- having way too much pasta and too little shrimp?  A potluck in Brooklyn was the first place that I tried Jamaican Meat Paddies, (now Joyce Neufville brings me some every time her group does coffee.)  It was a way I made connections with different cultures and different people in our church in Brooklyn.  I loved it.  Many of our kids may not know what a potluck is.

Sheryle was worried whether anybody would come.  We now know we have enough acts to carry the day.  She is now worried about whether we will have any people in the audience.  I am sure we will have more than twenty, but I am hoping this starts a trend of having times when we get together, one church with multiple worship services and multiple missions.

I get to live the dream of singing some Bob Dylan and perhaps will have some interesting food.  Maybe there will be some Jamaican Meat Paddies.  I know there will be some interesting people.

Let’s Get Together, this Saturday at 5:30.