Quest is devoting today our time at all the services to an extended time of worship and prayer. We did it couple months ago and people absolutely loved that time. So, no preaching for me at Quest although I’ll be visiting some new friends at the Karen/Burmese refugee churchplant in South Seattle.
One of our [pastors and elders] commitments to our church membership and regular attendees is to genuinely listen to people’s concerns. We obviously can’t acquiese to every concern but we try to listen…
But let me again share that in the context of relationship and community, I just don’t understand the nature of anonymous comments. And while other leaders may disagree with me, I choose not to put too much weight on comments, concerns, and suggestions that are unsigned. If it weren’t for others, I’d rather just throw them out.
But having said that, I received this anonymous comment on March 3 in my mailbox via a phone call left on the church answering machine. It was too interesting to discard. I have no idea if it’s a member, regular attendee, or visitor but will assume it’s a person in the latter two groups:
“I would like express an opinion that it is improper for a Christian church to hold Jewish ceremonies in a church building. This practice weakens a Christian and shows an alliance with the current state of Israel. That is wrong and should be discontinued.”
I’m also assuming this was in regards to church on Sunday, March 2. Can someone help me? I’m trying to think what could have happened that particular Sunday that proclaimed our alliance to the Zionist state of Israel? I’m really confused…Was it because of our weekly invitation and celebration of communion?