Recently a radio station in Fort Wayne was purchased by the local public radio network. On the day of the purchase, it stopped being an oldies station, but the network was not ready to start the new programming. As a result, for a few days we had a station that was 24 hours of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.
Obviously, there were many versions of the canon. From original instruments to rock guitar to new age vocal, we heard the familar two measure bass line over and over and over. Because the canon itself is a theme and variations, I couldn’t begin to guess how many times the theme was played on that station during those few days.
Hope and I started to enjoy listening to the all canon station. There was something intriguing about finding out how the familiar could be changed without changing.
And I started wondering about church. What are the irreducible minimums for church, for a gathering, for a community, for a collection of people, to be the church? What makes it the canon, which, when heard, makes everyone say, “yep, that’s the church”? What has to be there?
Well? What must be there?
Powered by ScribeFire.