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The Clothing Catastrophe: A Sermon about God, Belonging, and 1001 New Worshipping Communities

[The title of the sermon was intentionally chosen to look like a Big Bang Theory episode title.] The Clothing Catastrophe
Preached at Northminster Presbyterian Church on February 7, 2016
Text: Matthew 21:45 - 22:15 Well, one thing to learn from this story is this: If you receive a wedding invitation, you should NOT kidnap, torture, and straight-up murder the mail man. Such conduct is… frowned upon.
I think there's more to find in this text, but you gotta start somewhere.
Did you ever wonder, though, why these people would react so violently to an invitation to a lavish feast? Last summer, I got to attend a conference of something called 1001 New Worshipping Communities. (The only way you would not already know that is if we hadn’t spoken much in the last six months.) 1001 is a movement in the Presbyterian church to try to find ways to reach outsiders, outliers, and misfits, and bring them into, well, new worshipping communities.
1001 is not a cookbook for developing new churches…