Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
This age-old question has been on the minds of some of our congregation's children this week as they've spent the last five days preparing for their Summerfest musical, "O Chicken of Little Faith." Though I have my theories, this week has caused me to reflect on another, perhaps not-as-old question, more popular in ministry circles:
Which comes first, believing or belonging?
Should you have to believe what a faith community believes before darkening the door, or is it OK to enter not knowing quite where you stand? Is a desire for the love, grace, accountability (or whatever it is you're looking for) a church can offer enough, or do you need to come with a set of compatible beliefs as well? Believe, then belong or belong, then believe?
At Summerfest, belonging comes first. All children are welcome to explore and share their gifts of singing, acting, and production in an environment that is warm and encouraging. The Gospel is presented to them not just in the content of the musical, but in how they encounter one another throughout the week. And whether they confidently believe the message by the end of the week or remain "chickens of little faith," God will use them to further God's kingdom.
We hope you'll make it out to the Summerfest musical this Sunday, 8:15 am or 9:45 am. The children, teens and adults never cease to amaze me, and this year... is no eggception.