“The main street of the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. But there was no sign of a Temple, for the Lord God—the Sovereign-Strong—and the Lamb are the Temple.” Revelation 21:21,22
Picture a church in a 37-foot diesel-pusher motor home parked at an interstate truck stop, and a weary cross-country semi driver pulling in to fuel up, clean up, and rest up. What a sight it must be to know that he or she can also get fed and hear the Good News. Now, picture Holy Communion being served under a canopy in a park on a Sunday morning with praise music piped through outdoor speakers, or in a family room with people sitting on folding chairs, or on the floor, passing the peace and singing to the cords of a guitar.
Along my faith journey, I’ve enjoyed the freedom to worship in many scenarios. One of my least favorite took place at the Cardinal Football Stadium on an Easter Sunday. The host for the worship was a large non-denominational church whose pastor entered the “sanctuary” on a motorcycle. The band blasted music as if we were at a rock concert. There was no “Christ is Risen” message, but a lot of love dwelled there that morning.
There is no right or wrong style of “doing church,” as long as the Holy Spirit is present and the Word and Sacrament are offered to honor and praise God. We are reminded in Revelation 21 there are no temples. God and Jesus are the “church.”
Lord, help us feel the Holy Spirit and worship you in wherever we are. Amen.