Monday, July 23, 2012

Kaleidoscope

'A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. "Kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful, beauty", εἶδος (eidos), "that which is seen: form, shape" and σκοπέω (skopeō), "to look to, to examine", hence "observer of beautiful forms."' (source: Wikipedia)
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." (Ephesians 4:15-16)
One of the encouraging aspects of our current season is our opportunity to regularly connect with several difference churches in town. Two are Mennonite Brethren in background (one mega-church pursuing ways of becoming more intentionally missional, the other a downtown gathering for the street community), one is a Christian Reformed church-plant that invests one worship service per month in serving the community around them, and the other a Vineyard with a large contingent of artists and musicians wrestling through the issues of art, faith, and justice.

These are only four of a large number of churches of varying denominations in our town, but even by our regular participation with just these four, we can see a wonderful tapestry -- or kaleidoscope -- emerging as 'each part does its work'.
  • Each has some sort of outreach to the community around them.
  • Each is in the process of finding out how to bless the poor, and tackle the local issues of injustice.
  • They didn't try to create some monolithic and unwieldy über-church organization.
  • Each just does its part, unique to each gathering.
It's fascinating, encouraging, and humbling to see what God is doing.


Playing bass at the Kelowna Vineyard (picture courtesy of Len Hjalmarson's iPhone)
Metro Central

Willow Park Church

The Well

Kelowna Vineyard

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