Sunday, April 8, 2012
Dj Buddy B Goes to Church
I must confess (the Catholic deep inside, much like Madonna, loves a good confession whether on the dancefloor or an Act of Contrition for commercial purposes) that it was definitely watching GCB on the boob-tube every week that got me to thinking, "Hmmm, maybe church isn't such a drag after all!"
MCC is a Protestant (Dutch Reform) house of worship that delivers truth in advertising with their motto: "Welcoming. Artistic. Inclusive. Bold." Gee, that should be my motto!
Because I had to use the men's room before I could get seated, we entered through the backdoor (my favorite way of entering and exiting a joint, anyways). Here, I got to meet three female preachers and a Facebook Friend I'd yet to meet in real-life, who was every bit as fabulous as expected. I desperately wanted a cup of their java from what is essentially "backstage" to the church itself, but taking refreshments to your pew is a no-no, wouldn't you know know.
If all the world's a stage, I guess I can respectfully say that Middle Collegiate Church puts on a boffo show! I realized that church service can be fun because it's basically performance art, although deeply felt and intended to drive home a message. I think, in my childhood, I heard so many negative and scolding messages from the (bully?) pulpit, I just tuned out. But today's messages were all very positive and I needed uplift! I needed to be inspired! I needed a positive word or two. I needed to see some of the men in the congregation wearing fabulous Easter bonnets!
Gothic wooden rafters, stained glass windows, nicely designed pulpit and choir corral. Thumbs up!
"He Lives," a rockin' gospel number featuring soloist Tina Owens, blew me away. I was movin' on up to the lower east side, children! Big Woo!
My inner old-school Catholic got a little freaked by the touchy-feely stuff with strangers and even with my friend. (Holding hands, hugging? Yecch!) (Intimacy issues much?) I was also taken aback by the participation of the congregation. Applause! Clapping in rhythm to the gospel choir! Even standing O's! "Church shouldn't be this much fun," a voice within me warned. (Sister Mary Elizabeth, is that you in there?)
I loved the prayer and sermon (by a wonderfully animated preacher, Dr. Jacqui Lewis) that both touched me and was, on a personal plane, very relevant today. Even the puppet show with Frog and Toad won me over with its Easter message.
Middle Collegiate is church service the way it should be the world over, spreading the Christian message of unconditional love of fellow man, nurturing humanity with Jesus' message of peace, love and understanding. (And what's so funny about that, as Elvis Costello posed?)
I look at my program now for today's service. I read the message from the "Proof of Life" sermon. And, if anything, I'm glad to have taken this message away on Easter, to try to meditate on this week; this Spring; this time of rebirth and renewal that includes a milestone birthday:
"Every day, we have the opportunity to let old behaviors die so we can live into our best, higher self. What needs to die in you so that something else can live?"
Posted by Dj Buddy Beaverhausen at 1:23 PM