pondering my role in a bigger story

Sunday, September 21, 2008

change is in the air

not much to blog about lately. it has been a long, hard summer here. summer of grief. summer of disappointment. hopefully along with cooler temperatures, fall will usher in a change of heart.

have a stack of books sitting by my chair, but i’m not diving in very quickly. still working thru Sara Miles’ Take This Bread. i’m enjoying it, i’m just not reading much these last few weeks. new rob bell, kathleen norris, and julia reed are in the stack, along with the shack, some poetry, works on contemplative photography, another debbie blue book, some flannery o’connor, a book on the lure of liturgy, a couple on spiritual journaling, and another on the enneagram. plus a few others. no shortage of stuff to read. just the desire and focus to do so.

seems that lots has shifted for me over the last several months. especially when it comes to worship. any tolerance i had previously for contemporary worship music has dried up. i’m leaning hard towards hymns and liturgy. again, i am wrestling with what church and worship and community look like for me. i have given up on finding a perfect fit. maybe that is possible, but seeing as we are all flawed human beings, i’m dropping that expectation for now.

for a long time i have been wanting to find a community that seems like a better fit for me than the one i have been a part of for the last few years. some great folks there that i care dearly about, but it has never been a true fit for me (here comes that expectation again). and i’m tired of trying to make it work and finally have the guts to step out and try something different. part of that means also finding somewhere closer to home. seems silly to me at this juncture to drive up into the foothills to church when i do life in the city, unless there is a compelling reason to do so. and there isn’t for me right now.

so i’m going to hang out for a while with some folks at an emerging/liturgical church in the city. kind of seems like a chapter is ending, and that feels sad to me. but it also feels right on so many levels. in just a few short months, i am already experiencing a breath of fresh air.

there’s lots to be said and noticed about intentional communion and intentional community. more later.

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Blogger Presbyterian Gal said...

It occurs to me lately that if a church is a Christ centered church intent on Jesus' message then anyone should feel welcome there. Or, at the very least, the effort should be made to welcome everybody. I realize this is simplistic and most folks get picky about preferences in liturgy and just how far to go with this Jesus business. But even so. Welcoming and fitting in should be available in every church. For everyone. Or it ain't church. Just sayin'.

Sunday, September 21, 2008 10:21:00 PM

Blogger Meg Brothers said...

Wow, this is exactly where I am right now. I emailed you earlier today about joining in on your work with Urban Skye, but I'd really love to hear more about the emerging liturgical church you have talked about here. I just finished reading a book called "Chasing Francis" by Ian Morgan Cron that talks about the bringing back of liturgy and the arts to the way we do church. It is about a pastor of a mega church who loses his faith in front of his congregation. He crosses the ocean to see his uncle, a Fanciscan priest, and he goes on a pilgrimage of St. Francis de Assissi. He rediscovers his ancient faith. Not that you are lacking for things to read right now, but I am still blown away by it and highly recommend it. I am on the hunt for intentional community and would love to hear more of what you think!

Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:41:00 AM

Anonymous Ellen Haroutunian said...

I so know what you mean dear Amy. :-)
Thanks for hanging out with lauren while I was gone - hope to see you soon!

Saturday, October 18, 2008 2:01:00 PM


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