Hafidha Sofia (Never Say Never To Your Traveling Self) wrote today about a simplified approach to worship; doing so, she jogged loose something specific that’s been rolling around my head for a couple of weeks and appealing to some convictions I’ve had for years: we put too much into Sunday worship.
I forgot which blogger had a link to The Freeway, a Salvation Army related church in Hamilton, Ontario. Sallies have long known that you can worship in non-ecclesial space, since that space ought to serve a wider social purpose the other 167 hours a week. In this case, the space is a money-making coffeehouse the rest of the time. (A good picture in this article.) Cafe (coffeehouse) churches go back at least forty years and the Salvationists go back further, resting on sound principles that people actively engaged in mission understand quite naturally.
But this is more than a question of where to hold worship between 11 am and 12 pm on Sundays.
Apart from the now-tired rhetoric of third places and tribes, Freeway leader/point-person Pernell Goodyear makes a good point — which I cannot now find; if I find I’m misattributing I’ll let you know — about not putting all your effort into the experience of weekly worship, but put it into faith development and let the urge to conduct Sunday worship flow from that.
The church, it follows, that lives by its one great hour on Sunday will die by it.