Getting back to basics, we have the beginning and end of faith when we declare Jesus as Lord. He calls us to love God with our whole being and to love one and all (Matthew 22: 34 – 40). We also know Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6) who says come from wherever we are; weary, burdened, dejected and experience rest(Matthew 11:25 – 30).
What Jesus has to teach is simple. Religion complicates, but the reality of Christianity is that Jesus calls us to turn round and follow him.
He calls us to journey.
He’s the way.
It’s travelling rather than arriving.
The message of Christmas teaches us that Jesus is for us and with us and this is true for the whole journey ahead (an idea stolen from Rob Bell).
So what of the future? I see the Chapel service on a Sunday night as a Service Station on the way. You can stop for a drink and, yes, there are toilets and you can walk about. My feeling is that there are different ways we can serve one another and we are free to walk in and out as we feel comfortable.
I think it is important that there is a welcome and a sense of togetherness, so sharing food and drink is part of this. I think it is inspiring to hear and see good things and dwell on beauty. I also really believe it is important to hear teaching that enables us to grow and change. And at the centre is prayer; coming before God knowing he will act.
The service we extend to one another is made complete as we love God and love one and all.