Wandering Church

Wandering (CC BY-SA 2.0) Aaron Jacobs

Wandering (CC BY-SA 2.0) Aaron Jacobs

Last night, Humble Walk gathered to decide where we are going to worship this year. We collectively voted (Head's Up 7 Up style) to move into the Art House North beginning September 11. On September 4, we will gather for our final worship at Sholom—and paused to give thanks for all that we have witnessed during our time at Sholom. Below, you can read what I shared with those who gathered last night.

Wehave a decision before us. And I've been thinking a ton about our last 8 years together. For 8 years, we have been becoming church. A church. A quite particular church. Traveling together. Using available spaces. Relying on God's provision. The funniest question people ask me is how does Humble Walk survive financially? The answer? We don't.

We don't just survive, we actually flourish. Every single idea or thing or need or event is provided for. We have moved ahead in faith and trust every single day since the Holy Spirit kicked up dust and ashes and hope and broken hearts and formed us together. We've had enough. Not a lot. But enough. We are always on the edge—and then manna arrives. It's one miracle after another.

We have our own gorgeous Humble Walk story living within us. But it's not the only one. We have the Israelites, too. Who God rescued from slavery and sent into the wilderness to wander and to heal and to kick the grip of slavery out of their systems. It took a couple generations. It was affective. 2 generations of wandering later—the kids and grandkids knew wandering. They heard stories of the slavery—but their own lives were marked by walking in circles, making camp and going out every morning to collect manna for the day.

During this time, God gave them the 10 commandments. Since our decision about worship space is directly linked to the 3rd commandment—that's where I want to focus. The 3rd commandment is remember the sabbath to keep it holy. Sabbath. Even in the wandering years—God commands and gifts us with rest.

These Israelites had to learn the practice. Every single time they stopped work and gathered to worship, they remembered they were created in God's image. They were not created in Pharaoh’s image. Pharaoh’s rule meant brick making—that your worth is only about how many bricks you can make. God's image-in whose image we are created-means we have worth because we are human. Which levels the playing field and flattens any sense of hierarchy where our worth is tied up with productivity and able bodies. Every single human has worth. This is the gift of sabbath-this reminder.

Just as these Israelites were about to enter the Promise Land—to hang up their hiking sandals and build a permanent camp—Joshua recounts their own story to them.

Joshua tells them their own whole story—recalling how God rescued them from Pharaoh and provided for them. God gives them the commandments once again. Which are the same except for one commandment. The 3rd commandment about remembering the sabbath changes. It expands to neighbors and the sick—to include everyone. God is telling the Israelites to extend their power to the entire society. This life in freedom—the gift of rest and remembering who they are—of God who has cared for them throughout the wilderness is extended to everyone in fairness.

I wonder if HW has wandered enough. Fresh Grounds, rotating living rooms, Pilney, Highland Park, Acme Scenic Arts, Highland Park, Sholom Home, Art House. That's 8 places.

Might the Art House North be the place where Humble Walk has arrived?  We have wandered long enough that the old ideas of institutional church have been kicked out of our system? We have healed and witnessed miracles and relied on God's provision and trusted and now we might be able to extend that gift to a wider circle?

No matter where we gather on Sundays- we come together to remember who we are and whose we are.

We likely all have stories of how it feels to feel isolated in Christian community. It's why you came stumbling into Humble Walk. There are so many other people who still feel isolated. Might it be time toextend our welcome to a broader circle so that we might share that gift? Not the special church. Not the cool kids church. But a place where we remind one another that we are created in the very image of God—and our worth comes from not how many bricks we produce but because we are God's beloved.

As your pastor, I'm ready. I'm tired of wandering. Of tracking worship bins and carrying them in and out of my car. Of trying to find a space for the sheep to gather on an annual basis.
 
What would you like to know about the details of AHN?

Physical property:

  • Sundays.
  • Other bankable hours which we can schedule (youth group, prayer group, seasonal worship services, storytelling event)
  • A kitchen.
  • A yard.
  • People won't have to work so hard to find us. (We are currently hard to find. I hear this routinely.)
  • There are further improvements to AHN coming soon-including AC in basement and a new accessible bathroom.

We do need more money each month to sustain Humble Walk and the things we do. Specifically, we need $1000 more each month.
That's 15 people giving $67 each month.
Or 20 people giving $50.
Or 30 people giving $33 each month.

Might that be you? We have a convenient online giving option-which you can set to do automatically each month. https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Humblewalk  Or go to our website and hit the donate button. Then, shaaaazam! We have freed you from worrying about that money and we get to continue doing all the great things we do in this corner of the world.