Tuesday, 22 September 2009

we have stopped going to church

we have stopped going to church for good.

have decided that they are all
hypocrites
inadequate
emotionally unintelligent
unforgiving
insensitive
old people
young people
disabled
alcoholics
drug dependents
socially incompetents
lonely
uneducated
middle class
working class
professionals
labourers
factory workers
office workers
mums
dads
granddads
grandmothers
noisy
quiet
medicated
well dressed
poorly dressed
healthy
unhealthy
tattooed
scarred
too friendly
too shy
fat
thin
tall
beautiful
small
black
white
gay
vicars
teachers
learners
sinners
medics
carers
lovers
shopkeepers
unemployed
retired
sick
physical
emotional

just like me.

so we went to church this morning.

ht pip wilson

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, Simon. It gave me just the start I needed for my talk to our Back To Church Sunday congregation this weekend!

    See also the following article from today's Times, headed "Jesus saves - and he'd do it at Asda or Aldi, says bishop" - written by Ruth Gledhill & Lauren Davidson.

    "The Church of England must shed its middle-class "Marks & Spencer" image and become more akin to Aldi, according to the Bishop of Reading.
    The Right Rev Stephen Cottrell described his frustration that the established Church is regarded as the option for the "suited and booted" only. Jesus, he said, would probably have shopped at Aldi and Asda.
    Bishop Cottrell, 51, who confessed to The Times that he shops in Marks & Spencer for clothes, was speaking as churches of all denominations prepare to mark "Back to Church Sunday" this weekend. Thousands of people are expected to receive invitations from friends to give church another go.
    Bishop Cottrell said: "Even today I meet people who think you have to be highly educated or suited and booted to be a person who goes to church. That is so frustrating. How did it come to this, that we have become known as just the Marks & Spencer option when in our hearts we know that Jesus would just as likely be in the queue at Asda or Aldi?
    "Jesus got us started with church simply, sitting us down in groups on the grass and telling simple stories — not simplistic, but certainly not complicated. All his first disciples were down-to-earth people who wanted to know what life was all about."
    Bishop Cottrell said that church was "not about how you look, what you do, how you sound, how well you sing". It should be a place "where people can be just as they are," he said
    An Asda spokeswoman said: "It may surprise the Bishop to know that for some years Asda has run Britain's largest workplace chaplaincy scheme and we'd welcome any men or women of the cloth into our stores to get closer to their flock. Many stores have chaplains walking the aisles for a few hours each week looking for colleagues and customers who might want to talk."

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