Liturgical Fidget, part 2 – System analysis

29 October 2011

(Blogger’s note: I should’ve known better than to plan a blog entry for Thursday in the middle of one of the more exciting World Series in recent memory.  Silly me.  Congratulations to the 2011 World Champions of the World, the St. Louis Cardinals.  And if you missed part 1 of “Liturgical Fidget,” click here.  Now, we return you to your regularly scheduled spiritual crisis, already in progress …)

So I’ve been thinking about the possibility of checking out Sunday morning congregational services again — not to analyze the state of the American church, but to be part of an organized body of believers.  Granted that in most Sunday morning services, the opportunities for fellowship (what I discovered I was really missing, as I delineated in part 1) are often limited.  But what fellowship there is, I find I miss.  I’ve been out of the picture for 30 months now, and while I’ve been able to stay in Christian fellowship via a few close friends, plus contact online with other believers, it would be nice to have more.

But there’s something about the whole liturgy of a Sunday morning meeting that still makes me uncomfortable.  It’s also what keeps those fellowship opportunities down.  In a word, it’s liturgy.

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Liturgical Fidget (try saying THAT five times fast …), part 1

25 October 2011

My apologies for the eleven-day gap since my last post.  It’s not that I haven’t been writing (got another couple of chapters of Iron Man fanfic completed), or that I didn’t have anything important to write about, or even that I was just plain lazy (this time).  In fact, I had a few seemingly important issues to tackle, some or all of which I may write about in the coming weeks.  But every time I wanted to forge ahead on one, I got distracted or tired or my thinking started getting foggy, and in the end nothing was done.  Maybe it was the hand of God, maybe it was an attack from the devil.  I don’t think it was the latter.

Anyway, one of the issues came to a head over the last few days, and I’m going to address it here.  It has to do with my own spiritual/religious life, my social life, the history of the Church, and the regimentation of individual churches.  And if God (or anyone else) wants to stop me from writing this, they’d better move fast, ’cause here I go …

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The latest on Sean — rolling along (but not for long?)

15 October 2011

(The caption is a quote from rapper Chamillionaire’s song “Ridin’.”  Rest assured that it’s the first — and likely the last — time I’ll be quoting Chamillionaire on this blog.)

So I’m picking my son Sean up from school a couple of days ago, and I’m talking to his teacher, Mr. Cornelison, as I load his wheelchair into the back of our van.  (This is always a bit of low comedy, as we have a ramp we could use for that purpose — except there’s enough room in the van for the wheelchair OR the ramp, not both.  So I have to lever the chair up by getting the foot pedals up on the lip of the hatch, then using them as the fulcrum to bring up the rest of the chair.  Great for my arms, but it sure does look goony.  And sometimes the pedals slip, and I have to start all over …)

Anyway, Mr. Cornelison is watching my struggles, and he says something that absolutely floors me: “Ya know, ya don’t have to bring the wheelchair if you don’t want to — he doesn’t really need it here.”

If you were to ask me to sum up Sean’s continued recovery from the ravages of Leigh’s disease, in one sentence, I don’t think I could compose one better than that.  “Ya don’t have to bring the wheelchair if you don’t want to — he doesn’t really need it here.”

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After that vacation … I need a vacation

13 October 2011

Okay, I’m back!

And where was I?  Well, right here, but … well, I should explain.

Last week and the one before, school was out in our local district.  I’ve mentioned before that the schools hereabouts operate on a schedule that could best be described as “screwy.”  Well, this is one example of that: a two-week vacation smack at the beginning of autumn, when most school districts have barely gotten going on their year.

What that meant at Chez Anselmeau is that for sixteen days straight (including the bookending weekends), the four of us were all together for the most part.  The Supermodel, Charlotte, Sean and I have gotten to spend a great deal more time with each other – working on more projects, sharing more meals, and having more conversations and more adventures than is normally possible when my wife is off teaching and my kids are off learning.

They went back to school on Monday.  It’s Thursday, and I’m finally beginning to recover from all that togetherness.

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