There’s you a new word, “Churchical.” I heard this word used in jest at a dinner I went to last night during Handy week in Florence. As most of you probably know, Florence is home to W.C. Handy, the father of the blues. During this week, there are lots of bands play all over the area. In recent years, many places have begun using this week for benefit dinners and the such like. Last night was such a night at Heritage Christian University.
As the event began, a man got up to introduce the evening and kick things off. He made the statement that “tonight is not church.” I think this was said to let people know that it was, as he said, “meant for fun” and not worship. He said we weren’t going to be “churchical.” The statement made me laugh because, though I know what he was doing, I think it ridiculous to think that we were not “church” during that night.
The first group was a group from a church singing nothing but old gospel hymns. Our group went next, singing “doo wap” fifties style music. We were followed by the Mars Hill Jazz Band. It was a great night of fun and the crowd was so great that I know they raised lots of money for the school. Praise God!! Or does that sound too “churchical.”
Isn’t the “Church” the people? How can we be together and not be the church? We have so compartmentalized our religion into what happens on Sunday AM that we can’t think of having fun on Sunday morning and having “church” anywhere else except in the building. God help us understand family!!