i’m at the beginning of three days off, but i just wanted to put up a quick thought from the workshop i did yesterday for people at Synod. One and a half hours is no time at all… we raced through everything, but it seemed to have a really good feel, and lots of interesting conversations during and afterwards. there was a lovely spirit of generosity and graciousness in the group. it felt like something might have shifted in the atmosphere. i’m looking at everything through the lens of abundant thinking at the moment – where are the places where people think there’s only a certain amount of ‘stuff’ [money, friendship, love, truth, air…] that has to be fought over; where are the places that people realise there’s more than enough to go around… This was an abundant space – no protection of boundaries, no feeling threatened, just graciousness, exploration and encounter.
we talked about singing in worship, and how that seems to be more cemented into the ‘must have’ category in worship than praying or reading the bible. someone said afterwards that people in the community love singing, and, of course, cited the example of people who go to footy games. it’s interesting though that only the winners sing at the footy – there are no songs for losers… i remember going to one game years ago, and the unexpected team won – carlton? – and no-one knew the song.
i’ve never had someone leave worship / sacred space i’ve curated, saying ‘i wish we’d sung, that would have made it real worship’. i’m not saying there’s not a place for singing in worship. i just wonder what’s made it the sacred cow.