This Sunday is All Saints Day. All Saints Day is the day in which we celebrate the saints who have gone on before us. As the writer to the Hebrews said, “We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” I often think of those people who made the church so great in the past and who surround us now as we take the church they entrusted to us into the future. They have passed a legacy onto us and it is our responsibility to ensure the church is as vital as when they passed it forward.
The danger is to assume the church will be the same as it was in our ancestor’s time – and that is the problem with a lot of churches today. To preserve “what was” is to ensure the death of the church. What is interesting to me is the fact that the church of my youth was vastly different than the church of my parents and even of my grandparents. Both my parents and grandparents changed the church – but some members of this generation are unwilling to change. For example, my grandparents would have thrown a fit over having Bingo in the church; yet my parents and my generation think nothing of it. To take it a step further, I remember the first time I saw an electric guitar used in church. I was fine with it, but I know a lot of people are not fine. It will change.
So the race is on. Will the church change to become a welcome place for the younger generations or will the church refuse to change and die out? Time will tell. My fear is I will get to heaven only to face the previous generations and have to answer the question, “Why didn’t you change in order to preserve what we left you?” Remember the parable of the Ten Talents? (Look at Matthew 25:14-30.)
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!