Hope Rising

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Prayer for the Body of Christ

When Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his followers cried out, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord," the Pharisees went to Jesus and told him to put an end to their blasphemies, and Jesus said to them, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."
This church.  The church on the other side of town, the other side of the world.  All churches everywhere.  The day will come when they will lie in ruins, every last one of them.  The day will come when all the voices that were ever raised in them, including our own, will be permanently stilled.  But when that day comes, I believe that the tumbled stones will cry aloud of the great, deep hope that down through the centuries has been the one reason for having churches at all and is the one reason we have for coming to this one now: the hope that into the world the King does come.  And in the name of the Lord.  And is always coming, blessed be he.  And will come afire with glory, at the end of time. 
In the meantime, King Jesus, we offer all churches to you as you offer them to us.  Make thyself known in them.  Make thy will be done in them.  Make our stone hearts cry out for thy kingship.  Make us holy and human at last that we may do the work of thy love.
~Frederick Buechner
Listening to Your Life
June 13 reading

(Emphasis mine)

Along the same line, this is the best sermon on the Church (by Chip Ingram) that I have heard in a while.  Worth your time to listen. 

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