What’s a “church” & does it even matter?
The minister of Trinity Covenant in Aptos, CA typically discusses books which he has read and today was no exception.
The book mentioned today is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. A best seller on Amazon — for $10.21 in paperback and $12.99 on electronic Kindle — Into the Wild is about a young man who gives up everything he owns, lives a life of non-attachment and four months later he poisons himself and then starves to death in Alaska. His body was found. He had kept a journal. One of his last journal entries was “Happiness is only real when shared.”
Christopher McCandless, the young man who sought non-attachment and died on the slopes of Alaska, realized belatedly that sharing and happiness are intertwined.
So is a church about sharing? Yes. Christians know that Communion / aka Mass is sharing bread and wine as the body of Christ. And there’s other kinds of sharing — the word of God, sharing prayers for others and sharing lots of smiles and also tears.
A bit of what people heard in the sermon: “Spirit is the word for wind…..” “Fire comes down when God makes a new place of worship…. ” “God pours Himself in with baptism….”
Take away what a church is? An attempt: A church is a gathering of Christians in physical space (not ZOOM virtual reality) which is at the same time both a specific and a catholic gathering Analogy: Think of light — which is both a wave and a particle. Likewise a church is both a particular physical gathering and not a not particular world wide gathering.
So, what’s your attempt to define “church”?
What is shared in the picture taken at Trinity Covenant on Pentacost Sunday, May 31, 2020? The minister,Troy Martin, invites with the words “Come together to eat” 1 Corinthians 11:33. Together in one place people share.
Interested? Want to share? The Trinity Covenant service is at 10:00 am on Sundays at physical location of 1040 Bonita Drive, Aptos, CA. The building is just off highway #1 near the Seascape exit.
You can also tune in on ZOOM. Go for the real thing, I say.
written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org