On September 11, we will have our first Sunday morning gathering, to continue each week thereafter. I'm aware that this could have the potential to foundationally change who we are. I don't want that to happen, and I don't believe it is inevitable. We still hold to the values of 'simple church.' We desire each person to be fully activated participants in the work of God that is the Boiler Room. We want family to be the basic structure and ethos of our church. We value the continued practice of radical hospitality, and would love to grow in that even more. We are opposed to a performance-driven event that puts a few people on a pedestal and the rest in the stands. I do not intend to pour overmuch of my time and energy into making Sunday a good experience for everyone. It's not about the experience. It's about the family coming together around the Person of Jesus, being equipped to do the work He has prepared for us to do, and celebrating His goodness to each of us. Spuds are still our central expression of church, and our most essential gathering.
So, Sundays for me are about equipping and about sharing vision and about family and about celebration and about growing in Jesus. I'm excited to get to see many of you on a more regular basis. I'm excited to worship with you more frequently, and to look to God's Word together.
Sundays are also about mission. I really long for us to use this as a means for reaching the lost and inviting them into the Father's family. I'm totally geeked about the idea of homeless friends joining us, and about them experiencing something of God's love through us. Some will already be full-on followers of Jesus, and others will be still seeking. I'm expectant that some of these will respond to this love and truly enter the family. I look forward to us choosing to make personal sacrifices in order to support individuals who are taking steps towards major life transformation. I'm excited about the opportunity to share the gospel with hungry hearts who may not have yet stepped into faith -- be they poor or rich, old or young. This will not only happen through the 'official' preaching of the Word, but just as profoundly through each of us as we welcome and engage with guests who come. (So, by the way, let's please make an intentional and concerted effort to welcome and engage all guests who come). Sundays are another opportunity to invite and to welcome and to accept and to share the love and the truth of Jesus.
The elders and teaching team have been working to plan out what Sundays looks like. If you have thoughts about this, please feel free to contact one of us. In general, we intend to worship together and have a time of biblical teaching. We want to also include words of encouragement and stories, praying for one another, and built-in time for fellowship. From time to time we may have smaller group discussions and prayer, creative expressions of worship, liturgy, etc. We are looking forward to growing in how we provide for our kids during these times as well. We value whole-family participation, and will always welcome, and look for creative ways to accommodate, your kids in our gatherings. We also would like to provide an option of loving child care, recognizing that we as parents sometimes need help. We fully intend to stumble forward, probably making lots of mistakes, but always seeking to improve and grow together by the grace of Jesus.
I hope to see you September 11.
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