Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
The building sits dark. Sometime between 11 a.m. and Noon today we lost power at the place where Snow Hill gathers. For some time we have sought to undermine the notion that we "go to" church or that when we look at the building that sits on Highway 37 we say, "there is the church." When the lights went out I thought about the implications of Advent on this particular way of talking about "Church."
If you have never been in our series of buildings when the lights are out, you would not know how dark a place may be. In fact, I ventured back into the building to grab some things and needed a flashlight to load my book bag and backpack.
If the building is the Church then the Church is inactive in the world most days of the week. When we think of the Incarnation we are struck by the reality that light came into the world. Not in the form of an institution or a building but in the form of a person, flesh and blood. It stands to reason, then, the Church is neither a building or institution but the flesh and blood followers of Jesus.
Jesus keeps coming into the world through the Church in all its forms. Even though we did not meet for a "gathering" of the Church, we are still the Church in the world. Failure to "be" the Church leaves the world like an empty, powerless building.