You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. — Eph 4:4-6 (MSG)
You may remember the 1985 movie Brewster’s Millions starring Richard Pryor as Brewster who must spend $30 million in 30 days or less to inherit $300 million. Hilarity ensues. The original 1902 novel is so compelling it has been made into 13 movies in 6 languages. Doesn’t being obliged to spend money sound fun? How would you spend so much money in so little time?
Brewster, however, must operate within some parameters in the novel: He is required to keep his motives secret, and he must demonstrate business sense by obtaining good value for the money he spends, limiting his donations to charity, his losses to gambling, and the value of his tips to waiters and cab drivers. Ah, things just got more difficult, but more fun! Now Brewster must get creative…
Imagine with me if we at King of Glory found ourselves in the same place as Brewster. Let’s pretend the estate of a long-forgotten church founder, Luther, donates $5 million with explicit instructions
1. to remain in our current location
2. to spend all of the money within 24 months, ,
3. to interact regularly with the community beyond the campus,
4. to provide an ongoing ministry/service/outreach,
5. to sustain such a ministry through volunteers (i.e., has enthusiastic support),
6. and to make one adaptive change.
Now, we at KOG have something Brewster didn’t: time. With almost a year to discover, dream, discern, and design the next chapter of King of Glory, we can afford to brainstorm and envision the myriad possibilities open to us in God. There is not one right way forward and certainly not this soon. There is one wrong way forward, though: not together.
That’s something else Brewster didn’t have that we do: one another. Brewster had to keep his mission a secret, but as we embark on discovering our mission we are listening and looking together. The Holy Spirit sometimes speaks loudly through group accord and sometimes speaks quietly and last of all. In this moment, God is calling us to create an open, welcoming space for possibilities to come out of hiding. Dreams, after all, are flimsy things difficult to speak into reality and easily melted.
So, if we were armed with time, one another, and “Luther’s millions”, how could we support some ministry or service or outreach to people from our current spot? We are going to ask just that question this Sunday, March 10, from 10:30 – 12:00 in the Parish Hall.
To prime our creative pump, we’ll also reflect together on King of Glory using Appreciative Inquiry. Essentially, this approach encourages and reminds us to focus on what is good, what is working, and what we want more of in our church. We’ll ask curious questions: Where do you see God’s love in action at KOG? What is working well here? What would you like to see more of? What do the people of KOG support passionately? What needs do you see in the community around us?
Then we’ll sit back and let the creativity (and laughter!) ensue as we imagine together what could be if we had “Luther’s Millions.”