Thursday, April 03, 2014

a yarn in the making

This is a most fascinating invitation, noticed in our local bookshop. Pre-loved jerseys are wanted – to document, disassemble and remodel. The expectation is that each has a story. So a mix of craft and story.

It made me dream of being part of a faith community like this – a place in which stories of what is precious is told, in which acts of telling and acts of creating are valued, in which the future is shaped from what is offered, to enter into a church, and church year, which was a “yarn” in the making.

It also reminded me of John Drane’s metaphor for the church, in his wonderful chapter, “Looking for Maturity in the emerging church,” in Mission-shaped Questions: Defining Issues for Today’s Church (Explorations)

The image of weaving the cloth is a powerful metaphor for today’s church. So much of what we have inherited is like a comfortable sweater that is now unraveling around the edges. We can do one of two things with that sort of sweater: either we patch it up, to try and make it last a bit longer, or we pull at the loose ends to see what happens, with a view to taking the wool, washing it, and knitting it into a garment that will be fit for a new generation. No-one could possibly deny that the unraveling is happening. It is the creative spirits of the emerging church who are acting with missional intentionality to imagine, and then to create, unfamiliar shapes and patterns of faithful discipleship that are both old and new (Matthew 13: 52).

Posted by steve at 06:17 PM


  1. Great image, thanks Steve

    Comment by Jenny B — April 3, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

  2. Hi Steve,

    I’m a little gobsmacked. You’ll be receiving something in the mail that I posted on Tuesday. It’s to do with this weaving and the whole “we need more verbs at our place” thought you had yesterday. Sorry this is a little cryptic.

    Now I’m sitting with a “What’s next, Papa?” kinda prayer.

    I’d like to know your thoughts when you get the mail!

    Comment by Adrian — April 4, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Adrian,

    Hopefully gobsmacked in a positive way


    Comment by steve — April 5, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

  4. ooh, much to like in that post, steve, from stories to weaving, to unravelling and remaking … yes. much to like, to inspire, and to challenge

    Comment by sarah — April 8, 2014 @ 11:26 am

  5. Ha-ha Yes Steve, gobsmacked in an affirming and quizically smiling sort of way!

    Comment by Adrian — April 8, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

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