|A powerpoint slide from TextInChurch. Notice the Negative Space|
The purveyors of this technological marvel claim that speaking the language on the gadgets of the generation you are reaching out to is important. I agree. As we are updating our website and our FaceBook page and our entire social media presence, the ability to text reminders and messages fits nicely. I wonder if it will work.
Connecting and remaining connected requires persistence and intentionality from both parties. Technology helps and is convenient. But it is the Holy Spirit that continually brings us together. It's like the puzzle in the picture above, we create the negative space into which the other might fit and God makes our connections.
At the end of October we will celebrate "Reformation" Sunday. It's a tradition in the Lutheran tradition to sing Luther's songs and celebrate our traditions. I wonder about a church that celebrates its ability to re-form itself to the Gospel by looking back at how it used to work. This year I think we will try a singing some new songs. And as we learn new languages and technologies with which we proclaim the good news of God's love, we stop look and listen for the wind of God's Spirit fitting together our negative spaces.