Sunday, January 15, 2006
emerging church postcards : Aotearoa New Zealand2
For words about the image : birth : values : music: mission
Words about the image; The top image is flower petals dropped in water, the result of a worship ending. The bottom image is another worship ending, the invitation for the gathered community to crayon a blank sheet of paper and so in community meaning was formed.
How were you as an emerging community birthed?; Questions were being asked by someone outside the church and were answered in community discussion. This led to the realisation that church could be a discussion space rather than a singing and sermon space. A process of testing the idea over a a number of months lead to Espresso starting as a congregation of Opawa Baptist in May 05. Tuesday evening, couches, an opening ritual, a faith or life question that shapes a discussion and a worship “ending.”
What do you as an emerging community value?; Conversation and community. Shared leadership and participation by anyone in the church life.
What music track sums up your year?; Believing by Sonshine of the Dub Conspiracy album.
What was your best mission moment in 05?; Every month a person shares about their work and the group reflect back to that person how their work might be mission as a participation in the activity of God as Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. It has proved a wonderful way to both build community and to integrate a workplace spirituality as mission.
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