I like to say that The Episcopal Church wants you to become your best self and supports you in that. I also can then extrapolate that they want our churches to be their best selves as well. But we don't determine what that best self is. Every church is different as every person is different. We are better by our diversity of styles, theology, demographic makeup, etc... So each church needs to be listening for the Holy Spirit to manifest what that best self is. And it changes so keep listening!
|St. Francis' first Sunday as a house church.|
But more recently, my fears are that we will lose our identity of a missional church that is doing things different and shaking off the mold. It takes a lot more energy to do what we are doing. And sometimes that is hard for those that want church to be easy. To show up and have church served to you instead of serving the community of faith in church and outside the walls.
|Sunday School on the floor|
I don't know what is next for St. Francis. The not knowing can be hard for us since it is against our human nature of status quo. But I hope that we keep our spirit as we search for our next priest. And I pray for the other church I visited to find their best self and find it together in a way that transforms their community into even more loving, welcoming, and faithful followers of Jesus.