Formality and familiarity

Formality and familiarity are opposites. At one end of the spectrum formality requires rules, rituals and convention, whereas familiarity affords a lack of reserve, ease and casualness. Today’s passage contains both of these elements, but not necessarily appropriately applied in the right situation – and with catastrophic results.
Whilst contemporary Christian culture has benefited greatly from a deeper understanding of intimacy and engagement with God, we will be challenged in today’s story by the danger of over familiarity with a holy God.
This evening is a Fifth Sunday, which means that we will be hosting an informal – cafe style – gathering. It’s called Telling Tales, in which we shall hear several stories of how groups and communities have taught us, influenced our faith and grown us.

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