To the Master Builder (or last night I saw The Lego Movie – a prayer for churches)

Yay #lego #church and the masterbuilder

Martha Spong

Not afraid to try something different. Not afraid to try something different.

When there’s no vision, the people get out of control,
    but whoever obeys instruction is happy. (Psalm 29:18, CEB)

“Everything is awesome,”
sing the little Lego robots,
in a world where the Power Force
follows instruction manuals
to a 5/16 by 3/8 brick.

The hero of the story
can imagine things not found
in the instructions, a
nice ideal, nice work to do,
if someone has a vision.

Where there is no vision,
no coordinated, agreed-on
dream we hope to bring to life,
no hope to manifest,
there is chaos; it’s true.

But where we build the same
things over and over again,
following the manuals passed down
over generations, we are not happy.
We stagnate. We lose faith.

Who writes your vision?
Who rearranges the pieces?

No human manual, whether aged
and crumbling at the page folds
or sparkling and digital
can mark…

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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