A friend of mine left me a message recently and commented that I must be experiencing some writers block due to the inactivity of new posts on my blog. And he is partly right…but I have had some things brewing in my head these past couple days. I just haven’t been sure how to approach them.
What would I do?
One of the things I have been pondering is a recent story I heard on KARE 11 news out of Minneapolis. It is about a Catholic Church in the cities that has gained a temporary injunction against a family, who has an extremely autistic child, from attending mass (Follow this link for the Star Tribune story). On the surface it seems to contradict the essence of the Gospel to bar someone from attending worship/mass. The Church has tried to accommodate the family better the family did not like the church’s suggestion (having them in a different room with a video feed). Now this family is faced with jail time if they violate the injunction, going to mass elsewhere or not attend mass at all. I wonder if there is more this church could do. I wonder what I would do to minister to this family. What would you do (knowing the limited facts that we have)?
What WILL I do?
Starting this week, the ramp that leads up our sanctuary, is going to be torn out and replaced. The time table is going to be anywhere from 1 to 2 months (depending on what they find underneath). All of this means that we will be worshiping downstairs in the Fellowship Hall where there is a ground entrance (handicap accessible). Otherwise, people would have to trek up stairs to get to the sanctuary and that won’t work well with some people. Now the question is how worship is going to look in a new location for a couple months. What will I do? My worship and music team is meeting today to discuss the logistics of leading worship downstairs. One thought was to keep the tables up and make worship very "informal". Maybe we’ll have the coffee on and people can grab a cup before, during and after worship. But I wonder if this will be too informal for people.
What I AM going to do.
This sounded like a logical and cute three heading to put here but I have learned from experience that the best plans often do not work out. We make plans and God laughs. So I am going to be careful here and say…what I AM going to do is…
Have a very blessed day and check back soon for a new meme that I have been tagged to do. Take care.