Is the Internet killing the Church? it was a question posted on a Christian forum recently. And it doesn’t half make you think! However having so done – I would say no. Firstly, the question was asked and then debated over none other than the World Wide Web. Next, I know that mini-football, Sunday shopping and the thousand and one morning choices are certainly reducing worshipping congregations to pretty nominal levels. But I don’t see the Internet has having a particularly large role in that equation. But maybe most important of all is to think what the ‘Church’ is. Is it a building that to many teenagers is the 3Bs – big, brown and boring? Is it an institution with all the faults and failings of national and multinational corporations? Or is it the verb of doing worship and community together? If indeed it is the latter then, to a reasonable level, interaction with each other over the Net is not just a possibility but an essential aspect of future Christianity. Certainly we want to do better with this new medium than we have achieved with television!
Has it happened before? Yes, when the printed book appeared in the middle ages it was embraced by the Church and made its own. Let us now do like wise.
It is tempting to say that Easter gets earlier every year! Needless
to say the idea that this season could be any earlier this year is, of
course, nonsense. Nevertheless, this expresses the sense that the
pivotal event of our Lord passion and resurrection rushes upon us
without time for proper preparation. The outcome can often be
that Easter is just another holiday without spiritual meaning, depth
What’s to be done? Well, during worship on these Lenten
Sunday’s we are preparing ourselves by hearing the story of
Christ’s journey to the cross and the empty tomb. This is only
natural since Lent is indeed a time for stories. It’s the time when
we think about the story of the Israelites escaping from slavery in
Egypt, miraculously crossing the Red Sea, struggling through the
wilderness for forty years, and, at last, entering the promised land.
It is also the time to tell and retell the stories of the struggles and
miracles of the early church.
And all of this is hugely important since we all have stories to tell:
stories about who we are, where we come from and where we
hope to go in life. We all have stories of our travelling in faith.
Why not join us then this Lent time for worship? For then you will
be part of truly saying to the world ‘This is our communal;
story’: the story of the Israelites, the story of Jesus and the story
of our church family’s ‘journey of faith’. Moreover you will be
affirming and finding meaning in your own story – your unique
story – your story of one loved by God shown in the Easter of