How Do You Go To Church?

I hear it all the time. “Where do you go to church?” I say it, too, sometimes. But it’s just not possible to “go to church” because “you ARE the church!” Jay Beech sang of this concept years ago with these words:

“You can go to worship, but you cannot go to church.
You can’t find a building that’s alive no matter how you search.
We are the church! The Body of our Lord.
We are all God’s children. We have been restored.”

This Lent, I have been “going to church” with some of our young adults (20s, 30s, & 40s) at Holy Cross on Thursday nights at 9PM. But there’s a new “twist” to this gathering. We’ve invited folks from all over the world to join us online for live chat around the basics of the Christian faith.

So, while there may be only 6 of us in person, another 10 are logging on to join us through Second Life. This is a 3-dimensional world where people connect from around the world, conduct business, go to school, and yes, gather with other Lutherans. It’s made for some rich conversation both in SL (Second Life) and in FL (First Life). Here’s what a friend of mine (Rev. Clint Schneckloth) said about it on his blog:

“The thing about Second Life is that if you haven’t been on it, you’ll think it is a game. It’s not. You’ll develop a whole bunch of opinions and ideas about what Second Life is or isn’t, all based on your experience of living in Real Life (RL). But this isn’t Real Life, it’s Second Life, and there’s no better way to discover the theological, philosophical, existential, sociological, anthropological, and cultural implications of Second Life than to simply go there.

If you had asked me, ‘What is Antarctica like?’ and I replied, ‘Come and see,’ you could, rightfully, challenge me and point out that it’s cost prohibitive and time-consuming. And you would be right. But Second Life is free, the software to view SL is free, and anyone reading this blog already has access to a computer. So what’s holding you back?”

As a pastor, I’m always looking for those “windows” of opportunity to open the door for meaningful ministry to occur. I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And yet, I think it has some potential (at least for now) for the folks at Holy Cross and around the world who participate. All are welcome. Blessings to you and yours as we continue to Walk by Faith this Lenten Season.

Pastor John
“Where two or three are gathered, in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” –Jesus (Matthew 18:20)

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