Driving home from the U2 concert this morning I turned to my wife Fran and said, “I love the way this sermon is coming together! It just seems so right… that church happens in this way.” I had just received an email from Tim in Edmonton passing on 12 of his concert photos for use in my powerpoint on Sunday (Fran was answering my email!). Then Brandon posted a comment to my FB page saying he loved Bono’s line from the previous night, “Don’t put your faith in a cloud.” “I need to include that line in my message”, I thought. Then I get a belated text message from Gary (our church music guy who’ll be doing 4 U2 tunes for worship on Sunday). He was trying to find us on the field the night of the concert (we take sermon research seriously at New Hope, I was there, Gary was there, Keith our tech guy was there – mostly ogling the sound board I’m sure, and a few of our church leadership team attended as well.)
Then, as I’m carrying all of these stories in my mind, I was reminded of the 20 different people who posted comments on my blog, or emailed me with their thoughts on how to preach the band this week. I said that I was planning to use U2 lyrics to tell the Creation, Fall, Redemption, Return story, and asked if people could send me lyrics that coincide with either of the four narrative segments. Tons of great insight resulted.
And it all felt so right. The community of God writing the sermons of God. Church playing out in all spheres of life. No lines on the horizon… no lines anywhere… the earth and everything in it, belonging to God.