I hear Subiaco Oval is to be renamed Patterson Oval because the stockbroking firm has bought the ‘naming rights’. Incredibly, even team names are for sale these days – the ‘Retravision Warriors’. It’s like a satirical science fiction dystopia become real. It is a terrible thing that everything is for sale. I don’t follow sport, but it’s a mindset that leaks into everything.
Mt Hawthorn Community Church, 12 September 2010
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvellous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy
– 1 Peter 2:9-10
I’ve been asked this morning to talk about what church means to me. So I’m going to talk about the hopes I have for what church could be, and some of the problems we face when we try to live it out. I will be using this idea of the church as a people, and three of the practices which mark us out as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. They are strong images, concerning ones for some of us, and I will be returning to them.