Seemingly, one of the biggest problems people have with the church today is that it’s ‘not relevant’ to people’s lives – the liturgy is incomprehensible, the music is outdated, the clothing is weird.
At least on the first two points, I beg to differ.
I’ve just found something that proves that the church is willing to do quite a lot to accept parts of society and different cultures that aren’t what one might call ‘mainstream’. Now, you’ve heard Richard talk about Rockmass, but I’ve found a place that does a Goth Mass. Actually, they call it a Goth Eucharist, and it’s a specially written service for, well, Goths. They are encouraged to wear their prefered garments, and there is little or no electric lighting. The site states:
The service is candlelit with a specially written liturgy and uses a variety of modern rock and as well as classical music. The structure of the service revolves around the baptismal candle and reflects a serious engagement with the depressing and darker sides of our lives before moving towards a position of hope and happiness found in the empathy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
How tailored to a certain group can you get? I think it’s fabulous that someone has taken the time to really think about their culture and do something to support the Christians within it. Even though I’m not a Goth, I still think I want one of their t-shirts…
A special t-shirt is being produced for this service. It will be a long-sleeved black t-shirt with a quote from St. John’s Gospel’s farewell discourse printed on the front and the back. The front will say simply ‘IF THE WORLD HATES YOUâ€¦’ and the back will say ‘REMEMBER IT HATED ME FIRST’
To go all North American all of a sudden – right on, man!! Gimme one ‘a them!