Yesterday was a really sucky day. A tough day for some reasons I won’t share here but I can share one thing. I woke up to a phone call very early morning that our non-profit Q Cafe was broken into at some point in the middle of the night. Whoever – broke in, made a little mess, broke into several office rooms, snagged a laptop, and took the cash from the cafe and live music venue. We’ll get over the loss and damage but it just sucks bigtime to have someone rob your place.
But in the scope of the bigger world, it’s nothing. Even before the news of the break-in, I’ve been recently overwhelmed by heavy news:
- One of our church folk’s cousin [only 24 years old] died in a tragic accident last week. While they were ice climbing, she and her boyfriend were struck by ice slides. She did not survive.
- The escalation of the war in Gaza has been tough to hear and see. I ain’t no fan of Hamas or Hezbollah but seeing the death toll of civilian Palestinians rise daily is painful. Civilian deaths happen during war… I get it. It still sucks.
- 27 million slaves. Still…in 2009? Crap. And stories of children as sex slaves? Outrageous, disgusting, hideous, and painful.
- And on Sunday night after a very intimate and meaningful evening worship service, I was winding down the night and reading some news online. I was absolutely heartbroken over the news in the Seattle Times about the body of a baby boy that was found at a garbage dump near Tacoma, Washington [just south of Seattle]. The dead baby boy was discovered at 2.10pm on Sunday Monday. Reading the news just brought a dark gloom over me. The 16 year old mother and 41 year old father are both in custody. Details have yet to be released behind the story but it doesn’t matter…a baby literally thrown away as garbage? Sigh.
Interestingly, I preached on the Lord’s Table this past Sunday and attempted to explain why Quest Church hosts and celebrates communion every Sunday. For many folks, it’s an odd experience. Some have said they would rather have more music and the occasional spiritual masochist wants longer sermons.
Simply, we celebrate communion because we desperately need to hear Good News. We celebrate communion because we have been given Good News by the Grace of God.
There’s so much bad news all around us.
But the Lord’s Table is a sacrament. Sacraments are a visible form of God’s invisible grace. In short, it’s a sign of God’s promise. It’s a demonstration of His Love and Grace. It is Good News.
Why do we celebrate community every Sunday?
Because the church must proclaim the Good News – even in the midst of brokenness around us. God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, is Good News. Jesus as the perfect Lamb of God is Good News. Jesus showing us the way of Shalom is Good News. God’s new covenant through His son Jesus is Good News. The resurrection is Good News. The gift of the Holy Spirit is Good News.
I can’t speak for you but I need to be reminded of Good News – especially on days like yesterday when I was feeling overwhelmed.
The world news to be reminded…
And I don’t care what kind of church you are: Traditional, Mainline, Conservative, Liberal, Emerging, Post-emerging, Calvinist, Reformed, Presbyterian, Catholic, Missional, or [insert category here]…
We should always be committed to being heralds, doers, and ambassadors of the Gospel of Jesus that is truly Good News.