As you may have gathered, this Sunday at our 9:15 service we’ll be celebrating the 1980s. The idea is that even as Jesus used the culture and common experiences of his day to both catch people’s interest and to make spiritual truth’s more accessible, we’ll be using music to help us think about our own spiritual life.
To help folks get in the spirit, we’re inviting folks to dress 80’s style, and if you are particularly bold, to even wear your hair as we did back then. I think this service is going to be an absolute blast. If you are in the area and have fond memories of the 80s, you really should join us. I think I can safely say that you’ll be glad you did (and hey, it’s a great way to share some of your past with your kids!)
But even more important than the fun is the truths we’ll be celebrating. I don’t want to give too much away, but I believe this promises to be a profound experience as well as a fun one. Here’s just one reason why, something I’ve experienced as I’ve been preparing for this service.
The 1980s had their challenges to be sure. But if you lived in the 80s as I did, I’m betting you also have some great memories of the music, the movies, the TV shows, the experiences we shared. I’m betting that you, like I do, remember them as good years. Maybe even really good years.
And the thing about remembering how good the past was is that it helps us believe the future can be better still. I think a lot of people no longer think that’s true. So much stress from so many source has left so many of us sucking air. In the absence of faith, our culture goes out of its way to cultivate fear. As we have ceased our search for a higher love, we’ve settled into a bickering, argumentative, shaming way of life.
But the 80s remind us of what scripture tells us as well: don’t stop believin’. God was at work then. God is at work now. God will continue to work in the future. Or, as a deeply spiritual woman said so long ago,
All shall be well
and all shall be well
and all manner of things shall be well.
– Dame Julian of Norwich
I find great comfort in that, and I hope you will too.