For obvious reasons, I have building projects on my mind! In the course of one recent week, I learned that leveling buildings and designing ramps is done with close attention to emergency egress requirements; that licensing a preschool involves both a fire department inspection and a social work inspection and they have to happen in that order; that fences come in a surprising array of materials, designs and conditions of use; that hard hats can be both reassuring and stylish; that no detail of the plumbing plans is too small for a high level building committee meeting. It’s pretty fun to be even on the periphery of a project the size and scope of what we are undertaking. It also awakens my sympathies toward those who are most directly immersed in the disruptions and decisions required when a whole community is trying to get everything just right.
For equally obvious reasons, another thing never far from my mind is the Bible. And guess what? The Bible contains a lot of stories, sayings, and guidance about building! From the ark and the tower of Babel in Genesis to the vision of the Holy City built by God in the later chapters of the New Testament, with the building and rebuilding of the Temple in between, the details and reflections about construction in the Bible are both fascinating and insightful. Here is some good advice from 1 Corinthians 3:10: “Each builder must choose with care how to build on the foundation that has been laid.” The instruction is literally wise, and it also serves as a metaphor for building the church as a community of faith.
Because building the church as a community of faith is much more my arena than that of constructing actual buildings, and because our particular church includes a lot of people who do know how to construct actual material things, I’d like to invite you to a gathering on Wednesday, August 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in which we will focus on “Builders of the Bible.” We will read some selected scripture passages and then talk about motivations, operative principles, choice of materials, construction strategies, and ultimate purpose. I expect we will enjoy listening to one another’s perspectives.
The gathering will most likely take place in the sanctuary, since it is the place least impacted by all the interim accommodations being made for the preschool. I would be glad to receive news that you plan to come so that our set-up can best support everyone’s ability to learn and share. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-377-6771. I look forward to reflecting with you about “Builders of the Bible” and gaining inspiration together for how we can best be builders of today!
God’s peace to each of you,