Learn to Party Harder
How can we learn to party in ways that exceed the imagination of our society? Tom Sine of Mustard Seed Associates talks about an alternative narrative, one that points to the newness that is being made by Christ. Party on!
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- To the question, “Do you think we need to be more festive?” Sine responds, “We can do better than American Idol and reality television. We can learn and help other people learn how to party much better than anything popular culture presents.” How can we party in ways that exceed the imagination of our culture?
- How can the church do a better job of “getting in touch with its imagination and new ways to party?” How can we become more hospitable and celebrate life in community?
- Sine says that, “I’ll rather cook for people than anything else.” How can we use our gifts and talents to welcome people into places of celebration?
- What is the “narrative” that the church seeks to tell that is opposed to the narrative of consumerism? How does the alternative narrative change our being?
- How is Christ making the world new? How do our festivities and celebrations point toward this newness?
The gathering around the table for meals has become a lost tradition in many households. Holidays have now become the occasion for throwing parties for friends and family, but the church should be about the invitation around the table. What is more biblical and keeping with the traditions of the church than to bring people together for a meal and celebration? However, we have reduced church to a gathering on Sundays and meetings where we sit and “learn.” This continues the modern mentality of splitting mind from body, spirit and flesh.
At the table is where we often learn from people. We tend to share and talk freely, and therefore enter into each of our lives in ways in which we cannot do at a Sunday church meeting. The meal tends to disarm our defenses, helps us be who we really are in front of people. This is where we burp and smile and laugh and spill our drink. And this is where we experience God in ways that are communal and present. God becomes embodied in the meal. This is why Jesus’ last supper was not the “last meal” of an inmate about to be executed. This was a celebration of life among friends. “Take. This is my body,” says Jesus.
Written by Phuc Lou