Been thinking this for awhile and wonder if anyone else has as well. I totally dig having a church family, and this isn’t about that at all.
A gathering of believers across Richmond – worshipping together. All churches represented. Every community. Praising Him as His bride; His church. I’ve no interest in denominational differences or if you even belong to a ‘church’. Come one, come all. Church worship rock bands, hymns sung by groups, individuals pouring their hearts out in praise, anyone. Well-known songs, or your own. I totally do NOT think it should be held at a ‘church’ building (sorry Scott); it has to be at someplace *different* – maybe a park or somewhere public. I know there’s regulations and laws and what-not so who knows. I’m no event planner so it’s not as if I’m going to pull this off.
The song that really gets me pumped every time I hear it is this (with the lyrics below):
Did you feel the mountains tremble?
Did you hear the oceans roar?
When the people rose to sing of Jesus Christ the risen one
Did you feel the people tremble?
Did you hear the singers roar?
When the lost began to sing of Jesus Christ the risen one
And we can see that God you’re moving
A mighty river through the nations
And young and old will turn to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord
Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring your hope
Songs that bring your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice
Did you feel the darkness tremble?
When all the saints join in one song
And all the streams flow as one river
To wash away our brokeness
And here we see that God you’re moving
A time of Jubilee is coming
When young and old return to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord!
I could tie this in to some other posts I’ve read somewhat recently that have been simmering a bit in my head, including:
I think that Kloha has pointed out something that may be missing among the church today. The church has become so exclusive and independent that we often miss the fact that we are united with other brothers and sisters in Christ as well – not only with the ones that meet with us from day-to-day or week-to-week.
… the success of the Nehemiah strategy will require that “all these players lay down their logos and their egos and embrace the city together. If we continue to work in isolation from each other, we will continue to be impotent. What emerges out of unity is clarity of purpose. What unites very different kinds of leaders is a passion to unite the church across denominational lines, serve the poor, reconcile the races, and take the whole Gospel to the whole city.”
“If Christianity was only about finding a group of people to live life with, who shared openly their search for God and allowed anyone, regardless of behavior, to seek too, and who collectively lived by faith to make the world a little more like heaven, would you be interested?…What people are asking for is the kingdom of God made tangible.”
“Church must not be the goal of the gospel anymore. Church should not be the focus of our efforts or the banner we hold up to explain what we’re about. Church should be what ends up happening as a natural response to people wanting to follow us, be with us, and be like us as we are following the way of Christ.”