Sunday, February 14, 2010

wood fired pizza worship

I was making pizza on Saturday afternoon. Homemade tomato pesto, mixed with finely cut basil and baby spinach leaves (from the newly planted “only-been-in-the-country-3-weeks-garden” of course!), topped with local sundried tomato and lots of cheese. Very simply, very yummy. (Picture does not represent the reality).

And I thought again about pizza church. Not just pizza as in, oh, we are funky because we eat pizza after worship. Which would be yummy enough.

But more like that sense of making a pizza out of what’s in the fridge. And how what’s in our fridge is simply a reflection of our lives. So why can’t that be the central image for being a worshipping community?

I mean, what it would be like for church to set up a woodfired pizza outside. Bases supplied. And the invitation for worship to be about bringing toppings from what’s in your fridge.

You could have a thanks pizza and a confession pizza and an intercession pizza.

And as each pizza is served, there’s time for a toast. And those who want can name, either by ingredient or by spoken words, what they might be bringing – their praise and their confession and their intercession. And so the pizzas are the worshipping work of the people, what’s in our lives, brought to community, shaped by the liturgical pattern of traditional worship – praise, confession, prayer.

This might not be a normal way for people to experience church, but it would be easy to run an experiment, try it for a few months, simply by working your way through say the gospel of Luke. Lots of food moments there, and so the preaching/teaching moment would involve serving the 2 fish and 5 loaves pizza, the eucharist pizza, and so on through the Gospel of Luke, using table fellowship as the metaphor. In other words, the Scriptures are embodied in the “Bible pizza”, offered to those who gather.

A simply over the top idea and I returned to the much simpler task, of calling the Taylor tribe for homemade pizza. And together we gave thanks – for a few of our favorite things – weekends and each other and the promise of a new life.

Posted by steve at 02:00 PM


  1. marvellous

    Comment by Sarah — February 14, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  2. Amen to all of that! I have to laugh because for the sequel to the gathering at my place in Oct 08, we had a pizza night (with not a priest calendar in sight)- Craig (who missed it) coined the phrase “emerging pizza” and that is what our strange little Adelaidean collective of progressive/altworship/ecumaniacs has been called ever since… 🙂

    Comment by Michelle — February 15, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

  3. yeah, Craig the mitchell’s been raving about wood fired pizzza’s as well. but what clicked for me was the way that pizza could become a platform for communal participation and all of life integration.


    Comment by steve — February 16, 2010 @ 7:35 am

  4. There’s a recently built pizza oven in the garden at Woodville Gardens UC. Note sure if it’s been used.

    Comment by Eric — February 16, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  5. that’s amazing eric. love to know the story of how it got there. and would the range of ethnic groups around woodville gardens like pizza?


    Comment by steve — February 16, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

  6. I can’t imagine there is anybody in this world who has ever tasted a “real” Italian Pizza who would not like it.

    Comment by Ingrid — February 16, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  7. I checked and the WGUC oven, built by high school students, was not completed. So it hasn’t been used yet. Hopefully they get around to finishing it.

    Comment by Eric — February 17, 2010 @ 6:50 am

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