I’m a pastors kid. Therefore, I know what a religious routine looks like. I know what it’s like to go to church Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night and any other time the doors are open. I’m also a pastor. Therefore, I know the routine of preparing sermons you when you don’t feel like it and knowing that Sunday comes every seven days whether you’re ready or not. Sometimes routine is helpful. Sometimes a routine is really healthy. Sometimes routine can be death. Usually, we lose the benefit of a routine when we forget the “why” behind it.
Why do we gather for worship regularly? Why do we read the Bible daily? Why do we pray without ceasing? Why do we take communion? Why do we serve? If you have lost the answer to these questions, you may be lost in a routine
Over the past two years I have lost my routine. This month marks two years that I have not worked at a local church. Two years of spending more time in bars then in Church basements. Two years of missing more Sunday mornings than attending. Two years of finding the rhythm and the joy of relationship with Jesus.
Now, I’m not one of the, “you never need to go to church”, “attending church doesn’t matter”, “you should just worship God in your backyard” kind of guys. But I am finding that I’m becoming one of the “find a rhythm of life with Jesus, not a routine” kind of guys.
As a drummer I know something about rhythm. It has a pace, it has a tempo, it has parameters. In fact there are even rules. But, as you find your footing and your comfort within a rhythm, you also find freedom. You can slow it down, you can speed it up, you can shuffle it. It’s actually really fun. And so could your relationship with Jesus.
The vision of Blackbird Mission Church and Pub Theology is to help people who have no spiritual rhythm find one. For far too long we have told people, “if you can’t find the rhythm of going to Sunday morning church every week then you probably can’t be a good Christian”. I just don’t think that’s true anymore.
On September 29 we will host our first quarterly night of worship. The hope and plan for this night is to create a rhythm. The night is called “The Celebration”. It will start at 7 PM at the OneAmerica Tower, downtown Indianapolis. We would love for you to join us.
If you have no rhythm of relationship with Jesus we hope this night helps you find one. If you find yourself lost and bored in the routine of your relationship with Jesus, we hope this night leads you to freedom.
I hope you can hear the rhythm in Jesus’ invitation recorded in Matthew 11.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)