Monday Musings – July 27/09
I am writing this blog from a Cree native community in Northern Quebec by the name of “Ouje-Bougoumou”. It is located about 50 kilometers from Chibougamau on beautiful Lake Opemiska (Walleye Salmon fishermen would love this lake!).
On more than one occasion, Enoch Hall, the pastor of the community church here on the reserve, has been asking me to come and preach at their summer tent meeting (you read it right – an old fashion tent meeting). This was the year.
I arrived in Ouje-Bougomou on Thursday and fly home tonight. While here, I have been walking around the reserve asking God to show me his purpose for being here. Was it to talk to the young power lifter that I met at the sports complex on Saturday who opened up his heart to me regarding the needs of the community? Was it to pick up the garbage can and it contents that had been blown over by the wind while out for my early morning walk on Sunday?
Then during the Sunday morning service, I got a glimpse of God’s purpose for the weekend. About forty or fifty children were invited to come to the platform during the service to sing songs they had learned at the VBS that week. God had put a message on my heart for the reserve yesterday called “Generational Transitions”. I felt impressed in my heart with this word: “The church, as we know it, may be one generation away from extinction!!”
With the help of the Holy Spirit I poured out my heart to what I call the David generation (those aged 50 plus – which now includes me) to make room for the Solomon generation, in spite of the fact that they are young and inexperienced. Traditions in the church, not unlike the rest of Canada, are especially strong in the North. Unfortunately, the traditions of the David generation do not always relate to the Solomon generation. (Note: If you want to hear more of my heart on this, you can check out our website www.reinventingthechurch.com under the media headline for a message I preached recently entitled “D-Day”). We as the David generation can selfishly continue to do church the way we like it until we die, the problem is, when we are gone, the church too will be gone!
What a thrill to see the David and Solomon generations come together at the altar yesterday and join hands in one large circle to pray together. I took some pictures with my cell phone and will put them on a future blog if they turn out.
“Lord, I can only pray that as the tent meeting has come to a conclusion, something of what was started yesterday will continue”.
Until next time…
Don (from my hotel room in Ouje-Bougoumou)