Structure Is Beautiful

April 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

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I managed to sneak a photo during one of our Sendings a while back.  Sometimes I pray with my eyes open, because the sight of the body of Christ causes me to remember that I am surrounded by the faithful, we are not alone.  This was a moment I dared to capture.

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A “Sending” at RLF, as you probably are aware, is when we sit someone in a chair to be swallowed up in prayer and love by the rest of the congregation before they leave to love and share the Gospel elsewhere.  We pray over this person (or people, which is often the case) and share in the exciting plans that God has for them.  This is an act we have come to expect on any given Sunday.  As a fellowship that regards itself as a “sending” rather than “keeping” body, we anticipate almost daily getting to share in the joy of a member’s next stage of life.

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This is a thing that we do because it is Biblical, beautiful, joyful, and represents the character of RLF.  This is part of our liturgy.  This is part of our structure.

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Now, I know that when we think of Real Life, none of us think of structure.  Think back to these last two Sundays: one was full to the brim with stories and dream sharing and a sending, and the next was full of singing and a joy-filled conversation lead by Darryl.  They seemed so different.  But were they?

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Every 3rd Sunday is Communion and pot luck, every 4th Sunday is service offering.  Every single Sunday we expect a sending, either specific to a person or the sending we are given to go.  Every Sunday we sing songs about who Jesus is, what the Spirit is actively doing, and how we participate in that.  Every Sunday we have a conversation, lead by Darryl or Jason or the other dreamers of the community.

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We can approach these things together in expectation, anticipation, and preparedness.  Regardless of how the different elements of our worship look from week to week, there is an underlying structure.  This structure does not flow from a longing for order and control, it comes from following the narrative of Scripture as a congregation.  And because we are rooted in Christ, the structure of worship takes the form of who we are.

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And so, structure strikes me a beautiful.  Flowing from Christ and the form taking the shape of our hearts.

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 Click here to revisit a word or two I had on the meaning a purpose of liturgy I shared last year.

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§ One Response to Structure Is Beautiful

  • Joyce Wierenga says:

    so beautifully said, Chelsea-you have a gift for crafting words to convey accurate meaning yet with a poet’s voice.

    I’m so glad you’re such a vital part of the ministry at RLF- who were you sending that Sunday?

    Joyce Wierenga

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