It is in church the we would seek divinity,
hope to find our way to a life beyond our tawdry frame,
unearth from its ancient veils the reality of eternity,
uncover the depths of creation's purpose.

Yet the Church has abandonned its formative heritage,
surrendered to human concerns for power and position.
It has built ecclessiastical castles of medieval might,
became the very beast that Jesus challenged.

In doing so it has established fixed practices, liturgies,
ways of doing things that stifle initiative, originality;
turn spontenaity of worship into a routine;
presented with a minimum of risk
and clerical effort.

Whilst the church established and built up its authorised position,
The Enlightenment challenged and undermined its credentials.
In doing so, its ideas were rejected by the church
with its entrenched dogma and considerations.
We may wonder whether the church
is still a viable institution.

We might wonder whether God's purposes
are being worked out despite our religious practices,
and the self-centred nature of evangelical theology,
rather than because of the them.

But, even so, we may find that a Christ-like church
is something to which we can look forward.