I have enjoyed our journey together so far, beginning with our hypothetical “first church” on Mars, and then looking at our individual relationships with God through the lens of a metaphor, that of being naked before Him. We have now reached the point where the hypothetical comes together with the metaphorical: Naked Before God on Mars.
You’ll recall that when we began, the general consensus in the group was that the Martian worship assembly should be pretty simple, many expressed the idea that this would be an opportunity to drop some of the baggage of tradition and practices that have resulted in disagreements on Earth. Yet as we went a little further into the discussion we began to see that even in our group of 12 colonists, there were differing expectations about what is actually essential for corporate worship. We finally ended up with the idea that we all make lists of the things we don’t like about worship and then sit down and come up with something that everyone liked, or at least without any of the dis-likes present. In the process of the discussion, I tossed out what we know about the original Sunday worship in the early church, but alas! Some of our favorite traditions weren’t on the list per se, like music for example, and the discussion became even more interesting.
So, we went on a side-trip to examine personal worship and relationship with God. We saw that the metaphor showed us a relationship in which we do not allow anything to come between us and God, in which we set everything else aside and come into His presence in complete humility, in which we hold nothing back from God. Finally, we have discussed taking that personal relationship into the community of the church, and that brings us all the way back to the beginning:
Since we have the opportunity to begin anew in our community, since we will have none of the pressures of the past to deal with, and since we have given everything to God personally, and are prepared to relate with Him in open humility, what should our worship as the first congregation on Mars look like?
Several have shared their thoughts, and now it’s your turn…
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!