Work has begun today on removing the pulpit from our church and reconstructing the platform so it is solid and we won’t fall through it. This is part of a project that we believe will make it easier for people to see what is going on at the front of the church, including a video camera that will show what is happening on strategically placed screens. I am wondering if it is possible to show people who are asleep, doodling, chatting or eating sweets – it might make for some interesting Youtube clips!
While removing the pulpit our lovely friends at Nelson Woodcraft found three time capsules under the floor. When I first heard that I was intrigued. I thought it would be really interesting to see what people from hundreds of years ago had put in a time capsule for us to discover.
However the capsules were only put there in 2000, and have labels on them asking people not to open them until 2100AD. Ah. there is still a temptation to explore them and then replace everything, but I have not given it to that. They will be kept safe during the work and then carefully replaced to wait another 89 years. I hope that in 2100 someone does realise that they are there, and that the contents (whatever they are) will be interesting, give an insight into the life of people in our church in 2000, and might also make them smile.
I am assuming that in the capsules are some books, photographs and descriptions of life in Colchester in 2000. I wonder if those who open the capsules will giggle that we used books rather than have everything displayed electronically on our clothes? Will they laugh at photographs that are printed on paper rather than holographic 3D projections with which we can interact? Will they snigger at the idea that we drive cars rather than fly around in personal rocket packs?
Or would they laugh at those thoughts? Will books still survive? Will we still print out photographs? Will we still be earthbound in our personal transportation?
I hope and pray that there will be some things the same. I hope and pray that the Bible is as important to them as it is to us (in whatever format they read it). I hope and pray that they will still interact with God in prayer. I hope and pray that God’s Spirit will still move and inspire them. Most of all I hope and pray that the good news of Jesus will have flourished in the town and in the country. Of course if that is to happen, it needs to start now. With me. With us. With our own personal renovation.
Two carpenters were working on a house. The one who was nailing down siding would reach into his nail pouch, pull out a nail and either toss it over his shoulder or nail it in.
The other, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, “Why are you throwing those nails away?”
The first explained, “If I pull a nail out of my pouch and it’s pointed toward me, I throw it away ’cause it’s defective. If it’s pointed toward the house, then I nail it in!”
The second carpenter got completely upset and yelled, “You moron! The nails pointed toward you aren’t defective! They’re for the other side of the house!”