Sermon by Ben Robins, Seminarian.
When I tell people what we do on Sunday mornings, I don’t usually use the word church (or congregation, or temple, or…). Many people are not interested in hearing about church. But this doesn’t stop them from singing along to a catchy pop song, and the pop song “Take Me to Church” is catchy.
The song also provides an opportunity to ask people, “Where would you take me, if I asked you to take me to church?” For some people in Toronto, a Friday night ecstatic dance is their church. Others might take you to a yoga class, or a meditation group, or a social justice march.
Our mission at First is to seek freely, connect authentically, and serve passionately, for a more just and loving world. By asking the people in our lives, “Where would you take me, if I asked you to take me to church?”, we can discover the ways in which they seek, connect and serve. This can deepen our relationships in the broader community, and also provide common ground for explaining why we choose to seek, connect and serve here at First.
And are there any takers to rewrite the song lyrics as “Take Me to First”?
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
With love, and the fire of commitment,