This made me laugh; I love Oprah, but she has traveled a bit past ordinary icon status in the American consciousness. :-) Got me thinking, though (as all funny things will do if you let them), about how we're each traveling in our own little reality on one level.
Just came from a church meeting in which we were discussing the worship folders (bulletins) that we create for use at Sunday worship. We're trying to re-examine our assumptions about what they can/should/must do, in light of:
- our context as a liturgical church; giving enough direction to be helpful, but not so much as to lead people to just read along and disengage on a real level
- the view of the person coming to worship with us for the first time
- the views of various worship leaders/participants
- stewardship of our resources (staff time, supplies, how-much-paper-should-we-use)
They're a good group of people, the souls who have come together to address this set of questions, and they're all "correct"...and each represents one viewpoint of many. So the question becomes one of prioritizing, and of our collective reality as a worshiping community. It seems that the following questions are in play here:
- Who do we say that God is?
- Who do we say that we are?
- How do we welcome the stranger?
- What is essential to our shared worship life?
- Are we brave enough to really find out?
Because, as the cosmically brilliant Lily Tomlin asks in the voice of one of her characters, "What's reality but a collective hunch?"
OK, Friends, questions for you: what's the Worship Folder Reality in your congregation? What works (or doesn't) about your current practice? All wisdom gratefully received. :-)