What’s Brewing – January 2019

                                     COME LET US WORSHIP …THE SUPER BOWL!

The hype has already begun for the biggest “worship” event of 2019…the  53rd Super Bowl in Atlanta , Georgia! So grab your food, drink, friends, and family and get ready the BIGGIE, on Sunday, February 3!

A few of us St. Arbucks’ fans will also recognize this Holy day as the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, but we are afraid our numbers are shrinking. This 21st Century Super Sunday will reach millions of people all over the world. In addition to the capacity-filled “worship arena” in Atlanta, this event will be seen on big and bigger screens all over the world – in homes, bars, restaurants –wherever God’s people are!

The “Community Outreach “committee has been working for months at promoting this event. Advertisers are spending billions of bucks just to get their product mentioned. No offering plate to cover any expenses to tell this spectacular story!

The Processional begins with hundreds of really huge men swarming out onto the “worship” field in liturgical garb of all colors. Many silent prayers for victory continue to be chanted and even yelled, admonishing the ‘best team” to win. The worshipers will wildly stand and welcome these worship leaders, no doubt with much more gusto that the typical “greeter” at the front door of our home congregation. The “Invocation” will be sung by a famous person of the “choir” who usually is so well received that the congregation breaks into wild cheers and chants event before the last “hymn stanza” is sung. Can you imagine that these worshipers are paying big, big, bucks to come to worship, sing, and shout, which is a phenomenon that stewardship committees are seriously studying to see what their local congregations can learn from this miracle!

Hey, wait a minute! “Stop this nonsense”, you may insist, as others at St. Arbucks have. Aren’t we taking this a little toooo far in comparing the Super Bowl to our Sunday worship experiences? Besides, even if our society continues to focus more and more on success, bigness, winning, and on an “I am #1” kind of “theology”, does this mean that we, the Church, need to follow along? Of course not! As a matter of fact, perhaps it means that we Super People in the Lord have a BIGGER task of helping those around us to see how our Super Lord continues to love, forgive, and empower all of us to bring this same message to those around us – at Super Bowls as well as to the lonely, the last, and the lost? You and I celebrate the Super Bowl EVERY Sunday as we worship around Word and Sacrament with other saints in the Lord. Our Super Bowl is the Baptismal Font that called us all to be on the Lord’s Team, the Church. We already ARE winners – every day!

 2 Corinthians 11:5, says it well:  “ I think that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.”…….I may be untrained in speech, but not in knowledge; certainly in every way and in all things we have made this evident to you.”  Wow, what a contrast to a culture that continues to emphasize “Superhood” at the expense of “Servanthood”! You and I can confidently and calmly continue to proclaim that we have a Super Lord who has come to us so that we do not have to be super winners on our own, because he has already won it for us! Yes, we really are #1 in Christ, regardless of who wins in Atlanta, on the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany!

And now, pass me the Tostitos!

Rich Bimler