Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I couldn't help but think the other night when I was in a club called Es Paradis, pictured above, about congregations and gatherings.
Here we had upwards of 1500 people who came together for a shared experience, there was dancing and communal singing, someone led the event and took the crowd places, with the use of music and atmosphere. Admittedly a few of these people were on drugs or beered up, but it just struck me as to how there is a large chunk of my generation and below who like large corporate gatherings. At one point I could feel Gods Spirit in the room, whats that all about. God was present.
Privilege is the largest club in the world, on a Friday night upwards of 10,000 people attend, whats that all about?
I sometimes feel that within the emergent movement, there is a theology of "small" yet when I look at the non church attending emerging generation on this island, they don't want small, in fact the larger the better.
I was sitting at cafe mambo with Alain the other night.
We were watching the sunset, with a good 2000 or so people, and they were having a shared comtemplative experience, maybe even a worship moment. Watching one of Gods most beautiful creations sink into the sea, alone but together being inspired by great visuals and chilled music. Once again the Spirit was in the house....
These are all big events, big beautiful events.
Look at the concert for Diana or the recent Live world events, all big, all successful and all enjoyable, getting a message across and inspiring people to change or attempt to make a change.
How do we live with both? the big and the small, within all these large gatherings, there are smaller groups of people who have come together, bands of friends, who leave with stories to tell of great nights at big events. Memories to live off.
I know that true community cannot be experienced by staring at the back of someones head on a Sunday morning, but there has got to be something about big gatherings that are good, because there is a generation out there who love them......
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