WBB, Remembering and Re-storying

Worship is all about remembering and re-storying.

Remembering.
That which is disparate and often discordant is brought together.
That which is dismembered is re-membered anew.
Broken and painful memories that paralyze
are offered an alternative memory that liberates.

Re-storying.
A re-narrating of our lives when we’ve lost the plot.
Going deeper into an old story that maybe has lost its freshness.
Entering into a story anew, indwelling that story,
to get our bearings, a reorientation to discern that path forward.

That’s what Wine Before Breakfast is all about.
And that is what we’ve been doing this year with
some explicit intentionality.

Last semester we began to tell the story:
of a good creation gone wrong,
of a creature made in the image of God,
of a covenant to restore all things,
of a God who liberates and is always in the fray,
of a path of life rooted in justice,
of the dynamics of empire and power,
of a servant who does not break bruised reeds.

And this semester we continue to the story:
of the path towards exile,
of a radical hope beyond exile,
of dramatic plot resolution in Jesus,
of an imperial crucifixion that turns everything on its head,
of the bursting of life out of death,
of the reconciliation of all things,
of being clothed in Christ.

The story continues.
Your story.
My story.
The story of the world.
God’s story.

Maybe you’re not sure that this is your story.
Maybe you know that this is your story, but you are confused.
Maybe you know that this is your story, and you love to go deeper.

Wherever you are in the story, come.
Unsure, confused, or longing for depth, come.

There can’t be much re-membering without the members.
There can’t be much re-storying without all of our stories.

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