Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Church Without Worship Services

The following is a piece I wrote for a creative writing class I took earlier this year. I thought it would be interesting to bring this crazy idea up to a meeting last week about starting new worship services in my area and I dropped this "bomb" to see what people thought. It was a trip, but I hope it gets us to think. I have noticed that the gay church community loves our pageants we call church. We are so prone to be all about show. We love religion and liturgy maybe a little too much. The following is a reaction to these ideas...

A Church Without Services

What would church be like if there were no worship services?

We would save lots of money not having to buy pews and that nice burgundy carpet

Nobody to fuss about whether the sound is too loud or too quiet

No stained glass - no need for candles and incense

We could save funds on not having to buy sound equipment

We could save several hours a week and spend that time giving love to others

No need for fancy suits and dresses

Your "Sunday best" will only be a matter of the heart

No one to fight over how our meetings should go

No one to disagree with the theology of the messages

No endless announcements about bake sales and bowling leagues

No one complaining about giving their money

A listener would replace a preacher

A love letter would replace a weekly bulletin

We could weep with those who weep,

Instead of the mourners hiding their tears in the back row

Instead of passing the plate,

We would put food on it for those in need

Instead of hymnals and bibles in the pews

There would be rejoicing in the streets

Instead of lighting a flame, we could ignite hearts

Instead of singing we could serve

Instead of a pulpit, there would be purpose

Instead of a steeple, there will be love - love for everyone

So if loving people is loving God, and loving God is worship

To serve others is to serve God, and a church without worship services are worship services indeed

So, we suppose a service is not such a bad thing

But to simply serve, is truly divine.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Prayer Blog

Happy Birthday Prayer Blog!

The LGBT Prayer Blog is over four years old

While browsing this Blogger site, I was blessed to find the stats on my blog. In just four years, the blog has gotten over 3,500 hits from all over the globe. I was amazed to find that I have readers in the Middle East and some other countries that I did not expect. Here is a grab of the top countries:

The second week of June in 2007, I started the blog to give additional media to the LGBT prayer group that was started earlier that year. It was called the Gay Prayer Resource and that was when google allowed a lot of media on their group sites. Because of this transition, the LGBT Prayer Site was started as a supplement and a lot of the media that was on the group site was copied to the google site.

The LGBT Prayer Site, Group and Blog still seem to be the only things on the web that specifically deal with the lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered community along with the subject of prayer. Also, the Gay Prayer Resource is one of the few places to go to find practical prayer principals that does not focus on liturgy and reciting written prayers. Thank you readers for all the hits. Let me know how I can serve you better,

Jason T. Ingram

Oregon, USA

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