And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.
A third place between work and home
(Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer)
How do these two ideas come together in Takeley Chapel? Our vision is to be a space where people encounter God in a real and a way pertinent to who we are and the circumstances we find ourselves in. A space that says, hello, come in, sit down. A space that is not home and not work but we feel comfortable in and feel able to do business with God.
Someone said, so you are providing a place for people who don’t go to church, to go to church! Maybe? When I heard that, I was taken back by its honesty because in my ears the idea of church is as sacred as the Sabbath. Actually it is peace and communion with God, a fulfilling of the promises and purpose of God on this Earth.
So on a Sunday evening our intention is to do good and save life (Greek: σῶσαι
pronounced, sōsai which means save, deliver, restore to health, rescue and Greek:ψυχὴν
pronounced psychēn which means soul, life, person); to do good, restore health and rescue the whole person!
Sunday evening at the chapel is there for you. Jesus says
28 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(ESV Matthew 11:28-30)
And this is what we will try to be a third space where we experience this together for each other.