Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

7/29/2005

The kingdom of heaven, is like a small church

In his sermon for St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, Georgia this past Sunday, The Rev. Stephen Rice wrote in part,

The kingdom of heaven, is like a small church…

smallest church in AmericaIt’s no secret that St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, Georgia will never take the place of the Washington National Cathedral.

Chances are we will never have a thousand members. Our budget may never reach one million dollars. Our staff may never reach double digits.

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t a vital, growing, needed, healthy, important community in the kingdom of God. That doesn’t mean we will never accomplish great things. That doesn’t mean we can’t greatly influence and change the hearts, minds, and souls of children, youth and adults to the love of God.

The full text of the sermon, The Kingdom of God is like a 14-year old boy is online.

Churches of various sizes have varying gifts to offer their communities. There are great gifts in churches that do not inherently depend upon the congregation's numbers. Our current average Sunday attendance this year is 109 a week. The question to ask may well be, "What is the size that God has in mind for King of Peace?" How can we know and how do we achieve what God dreams rather than merely our own ideal? Is size the best indicator of a church's vitality? If not, what is?

peace,

Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

1 Comments:

  • At 7/29/2005 7:12 PM, Blogger Celeste said…

    ahhh....amazing that I've been thinking about this very thing. I agree that a large congregation may be good in some ways, but medium can also be good. Neither one is good if the Word is not preached. I believe KOP is destined to be what God dreams it to be because the Word is preached and folks come through and fall in love with Jesus. Perhaps they have to leave; but they leave having heard and learned what God intended them to learn. Those of us that remain get to continue watching newcomers repeat the process. Whatever size congregation God has in mind for KOP, I pray that we never lose the charity that He's planted there.

     

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