A Place We Worship God Together
As I sit here to write this newsletter article, I am watching the destruction of the famed cathedral Notre Dame. The cathedral name means Our Lady, for Mary the mother of Christ. Many of us have had the distinct privilege of getting to see Notre Dame and its beauty up close and personal. In the midst of destruction, I am reading people’s stories of visiting Notre Dame, and they are uplifting.
I saw Notre Dame with 10th grade eyes on my first trip abroad to France. We had the opportunity to stop and see the beautiful rose windows and their display of the faith stories. What I wanted to see were the gargoyles! I was fascinated by the thought of creatures overlooking the church. My mind went wild imagining the kind of protection they could offer. That is until a fire comes.
It is a wonder how we find ourselves attracted to these buildings, the places we come to worship with our community. Just think of the memories you have tied into CLC or other churches you have been part of in the past. Weddings, baptisms and funerals are just a few major events that happen within the walls of churches. Running kids, friendly hugs, and moments of grace are some of the minor events. Major or minor, these events strengthen us in community and draw us closer to the love and presence of God.
And ultimately, that is the goal of this building. Not to be admired itself but to bring admiration to the One to whom it was dedicated. Not to be worshiped, but to be a place where we worship God together. The building is not the church; the people are the church, and the building helps the church live more deeply into mission and ministry.
We are starting to move forward with building plans here at Christ Lutheran Church. We see the mission and ministry at Christ Lutheran growing into the future, and in order to accommodate that future, we must examine our space and how we use it.
This process will be a lengthy one, with many opportunities for input as we move forward. It is important to remember that as we change our building, we are not changing the people (Church). We are just responding to God’s call to transform the place where we get to do God’s mission and ministry.
In this season of Easter, we are a resurrection people. As resurrection people, we hope to fix our eyes not on the finite things of this world but on the infinite things of the workings of God. Buildings will come, go and be transformed because they are of this world. The One we worship and glorify in these buildings is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8).