We’ve made it though our first question in organizing our new church in our Martian colony. I’d like to thank each and every one of you who responded and offered your thoughts about what we need to take with us so that we can have worship services on Sundays. Reading through your responses, I see a definite pattern: We don’t need anything special to worship together each week.
I must admit that I was a little surprised at that; has anyone noticed that if we don’t take anything with us for worship, we’ve chosen a ‘worship style’ by default?
One of you, my former neighbor Rob, asked if we need a clergyman or approval from a church body to establish a new church. A couple of you replied to Rob by saying essentially that we really don’t need any of that and even suggested that this would be an opportunity to return to the way church was “done” (my word) at the beginning and drop some of the baggage we’ve picked up over the centuries. If that isn’t in line with your thinking, or if you think we need to be following any particular denominational lines that would require authorization, that would be hard to get after the fact.
Pete mentioned music, but no one has suggested we take any musical instruments or anything like that: Are you sure? Hey Pete, you might want to pack some music in your haversack!
If anyone has any further observations, please feel free to chime in!
OK, as we continue our discussion, someone says, “Maybe we should agree what Sunday worship looks like. For example, do we need music? How about Communion? Will there be a sermon or homily? Do we need prayer books? Will our worship be formal and traditional; that might be tough to pull off in that environment since we can’t have anything with an open flame (candles).”
OK colonists, this time you get to go first… What does corporate worship need to look like? Maybe we should take something with us after all…?