Sunday, June 08, 2003
Last night, we had our monthly celebration, with members of several communities joining with us to celebrate Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, and just the goodness of God in general. Alan has posted a lovely synopsis of the goings-on over at The Vine. Kyle was there, as well as Rachel, Pete and Trudi Matthews, and several other, non-blogging types. A bunch of us went out afterward for pizza, then a smaller subset of that group ended up over at Matt's until after midnight watching a movie and TV. As Ana Gasteyer says on SNL, "good times!"
So today is Pentecost Sunday, and instead of the frenetic activity I usually associate with anything "Pentecostal" (being of a charismatic background), it has been a very slow-moving (think "sloth"--the animal), quiet, rainy Sunday--very peaceful and very much what I had in mind. I'm planning on continuing the trend for the rest of the evening, so I'll leave you with the CQOD for today:
"Recently, some Christians have recognized the existing state of the church as sinful, or, at least, as faulty and mistaken. They are trying to save the Christians out of this labyrinth by reuniting the divided churches, by forming an alliance of churches, or by trying to form an ecumenical church. For all that, it seems very difficult to obtain the desired result, because all the present churches are still standing on the principles of the Reformation, unable to rid themselves of the sectarian spirit inherited from Catholicism. So the number of denominations and sects shows no sign of decreasing, and all efforts to unite the churches seem likely to end only in the formation of yet other sects and denominations. Yet the center of Christianity is neither institution nor organization. Nor is it even the Bible itself, as the Reformers made it, for the Eklesia existed before the formation of the New Testament canon. Christians were in fellowship with God and one another, centering their faith in Christ, long before there was any accepted New Testament. There is only one center of Christianity -- spiritual fellowship with God through Jesus Christ."
It just goes to show that there really is nothing new under the sun. Selah!
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