Friday, May 25, 2007

coffee and a community grounded around Scripture

When I arrived at Opawa, morning tea during the week was 3 staff gathered inside an inner office. It felt huddled and insular.

- 24 months ago we painted the foyer in warm colours and brought 7 sofas.
- 20 months ago we brought a coffee machine.
- 15 months ago I invited the staff to gather, using lectio divino, around the lectionary readings. No need for preparation. Instead we simply read the Scriptures and listen to it and each other.

Today 11 people sat in the foyer drinking coffee at morning tea. P + B were dropping by to test the coffee machine. R + J were being thanked for their voluntary IT role with us. J works for a local community trust and drops in for morning tea. L staggered in, having walked a long way to bring his money for our annual Pentecost festival. 5 paid staff are regular. The sun streamed in. The coffee was good, the conversation was warm. The lectionary reading (Ezekiel 37) prompted good discussion and excellent insights about life, hope, church, Christian living.

It felt open, real and Scripture focused. I like what Opawa is becoming. I like the sense of hospitality. I like the way that coffee and couches draw us together as a community. I like the way that Scripture is a seamless part of our life.

Posted by steve at 03:43 PM

3 Comments

  1. Sounds like a good journey, Steve. Thanks for sharing it. It also offers a model of other possibilities for us.

    Comment by Chris Bedford — May 26, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  2. Thanks for blowing open the doors of the church. Your reforms are the reason opawa feels alive and evolving. Thanks. (and here is hoping the new floorplan gets accepted)

    Comment by random church attendee — May 27, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

  3. not my (steve taylors) reforms. More like God and a community of people willing to trust, grow and go.

    peace
    steve

    Comment by steve — May 27, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

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