Thanks to Tim O’Dwyer for drawing us to this article from Project Plenty in the Queensland Synod of the UCA:
By Rev. Orrell Battersby, Gympie Regional Uniting Church.
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living.
They are foundational words, words to build a life on.
If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.
Rain poured down, the river flooded, and a tornado hit — but nothing moved that house.
It was fixed to the rock.” (Matthew 7.24-25. MSG)
Has Church Become More Ceremonial Than Functional?
A vivid illustration of the ‘ceremony out-doing function’ occurred during an event that called for Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth to slice a relatively small cake with a rather large ceremonial sword.
As she was handed the sword, typically wielded to award knighthood, it became clear that manoeuvring the enormous blade would be far from a piece of cake’ (sorry).
For the complete article go to: Has Church Become More Ceremonial Than Functional? – JourneyOnline