Some people say that as the Church moves into the future, we will stop expecting to make God “happen” within our walls. Instead, we will move out into the world, to find out where God is already working and join the effort out there.
I recently saw a great movie, a true story about some people who found God’s presence in the unlikely setting of a battlefield during World War I, and for a few days, made peace and worshipped in the midst of war. It’s called “Joyeux Noel” (Merry Christmas, 2005), was made in France and comes from Netflix with English subtitles if you want to see it.
This past week-end, my daughter and I found ourselves stuck overnight in what had once been a Catholic church, now abandoned, during a 2 day snowstorm. We were joined by two other parents and six kids, all members of a theatre troupe that has taken over the building. We curled up with sleeping bags, oranges and DVD’s and waited out the storm. On Sunday morning when we woke up, one of the moms turned to me and said, “Let’s have worship”. And we did.
When I imagine the Church of the future, I see it being full of people who have the vision to see God’s activity around them and to make church happen wherever they find themselves.
What do you imagine?