Thursday, June 22, 2006

Yep.....

Lately I've been irritated with people that don't understand that church is not a format. You know - Call to Worship, two songs, Scripture reading, song, offering, song, sermon...... you know what I mean. Where and when did this start anyway? This anecdote speaks to that issue - along with the issues of what we're taught, how we're taught, and a plethora of others.....
There was once a teacher of great faith and insight. Several disciples gathered round him to learn from his wisdom. It so happened that each time the small community met in prayer, the cat would come in and distract them. The teacher ordered the cat tied whenever the community prayed. Eventually the great one died, but the cat continued to be tied up at worship time. When the cat died, another cat was bought to make sure that the teacher’s wishes were still faithfully observed. Centuries passed, and learned treatises were written by scholarly disciples on the liturgical significance of tying up a cat while worship is performed …
Post on NextReformation an anecdote by Mike Riddell.

2 comments:

kingsjoy said...

Sometimes it feels like the only thing happening "at church" is the cat being tied up.

Kevin J. Bowman said...

My guess is it started somewhere between the expulsion from Garden and the Murder of Able