University of Chicago theologian Robert Hotchkins remarks that “Christians ought to be celebrating constantly. We ought to be preoccupied with parties, banquets, feasts, and merriment. We ought to give ourselves over to veritable [revelry] of joy because we have been liberated from the fear of life and the fear of death. We ought to attract people to the church quite literally by the fun there is in being a Christian. **
Good Folks, it is the first Friday in February. You have seven more shopping days until Valentine’s Day.
I came across the aforementioned story in a commentary I was reading recently that was dealing with the Wedding of Cana of Galilee. I have advocated that church should be fun. Worship should be fun. Committee meetings should be fun. Work projects should be fun. There, I have said my peace. Sometimes we have fun. Oftentimes, we miss the opportunity.
I preach 99% of the time in the chapel at 5 PM, Wednesdays. We sing two hymns, pray for those on our prayer list, a Homily (short sermon) shared and the Sacrament of Holy Communion administered. All in 30 minutes. There, we laugh and share and even have response time during the sermon. Scripture tells the stories of God’s actions in human history. And humans do fun and funny things. We laugh with others. We laugh at ourselves. We are familia.
In this narrative in the Gospel of John, chapter two, Jesus, his mother and the disciples are invited to a wedding, and the party is raging and the wine is used up. Mary “nudges the Divine” to do something about it. Reluctantly, Jesus does. And the best wine was served and there was a lot of it. And the celebration continued.
The closest thing you will get to this wedding celebration is our upcoming Fat Tuesday Fish Fry and Covered Dish Event. I am hoping that some readers will bring some Gumbo. You bring the Gumbo, I will have some rice made for the occasion.
I would encourage you to “nudge the Divine.” Laugh. Smile. Greet folks in church with a hearty welcome. Have fun. Celebrate. It is a Family Reunion time.
A couple of weeks ago I shared with the congregation that when Boeun plays her Prelude I am tempted to get up and dance. You just never know…
David danced before the LORD with all his might; … 2 Samuel 6:14 (NRSV)
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (email@example.com)
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey
**Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary – Feasting on the Word – Year C, Volume 1: Advent through Transfiguration.