This past week has seen the production of soup in England rise by several million litres, as churches share lunch together for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. There is some evidence that in my patch that some Christians engage in an element of ‘competitive church’.
Apparently we had more people at my church than the Catholic one the day before, but our soup-warmer was faulty, so the beautiful butternut soup made by a URC friend was served rather cool. Some churches served scones, others biscuits, but most served soup. And you could see the metaphorical score cards for whose was the best
This seems to me to be a metaphor for the Christian church in post modern Britain. The in-crowd compete with each other to produce the best experience of church, completely forgetting that what we offer is not product but relationship. It is the warmth of our relationships, the love which we share, that is our calling.
Which is all a bit of relief, after the cool soup debacle. Another gaff to add to the curate’s list of failures – of course my greatest strength is that I can laugh at myself! And my gift to the church is a redefinition of failure and success….