God Does Not Live In Temples Built By Human Hands

In Acts 17: 24-25 Paul talks to a group of educated, deeply religious Athenians and challenges their understanding of who and what “God” is. 

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

Now, here we are; deeply religious, deeply spiritual, seekers, curious, thirsty but our constructs are gone – our “temples,” our programs, our routines, our sense of community and even the most outside-the-box of us is feeling unmoored. 

And in this time, we can hear Paul speaking to us. “Don’t worry! THE GOD – doesn’t live in churches or buildings of any kind. God isn’t limited to programs or worship services or anything else. God is the one who gives life to us; not the other way around.

So, off we go – to lean into the One in whom we “live and move and have our being.” Off we go to find that on walks, alone in our rooms and…online. I know it’s not perfect. But, I will say – God is there. I am experiencing it and so are lots of others. God is there where two or three are gathered and right now they are gathered online. Are you?

I hope you will seriously consider participating in one of our Online Spiritual Collectives this time around. It’s a chance to gather together (yes, virtually but still gathered) in an intimate space to consider what God is doing in your life and in our world during this strange time.

Only two groups remain with space – Saturday at noon and Sunday at three. (Starting this weekend!) There are others waiting and hoping you will join them so that they have companions on this journey. Now is the time to BE church for and with one another.

All are welcome here. You are welcome here.