March 29, 2015 – Lent 5B

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Moving Toward Sunday

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Those who cling to their church building shall lose it, while those willing to lose their building for the sake of the Gospel shall forever attain what it built for in the first place.

This is my very liberal paraphrasing of John 12:25 for the United Church of Canada as it wrestles with what it means to be a national denomination of congregations which are so in love with their buildings, they can’t seem to remember why they were built in the first place.

In my last pastoral charge, I was lucky enough to walk into a brand new building. Memorial United Church was opened in February 2009. I started in ministry there in September the same year.

In order to build this new building, they had to sell and close three old churches. As you can imagine, this made some people very upset. I experienced numerous pastoral visits with people who said things…

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