I don’t like being preached at and being told how to live my life! So why should I come to church?
Good point! If preaching were standing up at the front and wagging a finger at the crowd and scolding them for being sinners, most of us wouldn’t go to church.
We’re not here to tell you how to live your life or scold you! But we at St. Paul’s do believe that all of us – preachers and pew-sitters alike – can all lead better lives that make us happier, healthier, and more whole than we are presently. We believe that God wants us to be in ‘right relationship’ with ourselves, with each other, with creation, and with God.
As Christians, we believe that Jesus shows us the way to do this, summed up in the Golden Rule of loving one another as we love ourselves (easy to say, often hard to do). This doesn’t involve scolding, wagging fingers, or telling you how to live, but exploring what it means to live a good life (and that’s not about having a super big-screen TV!).
If that sounds like a lot of church jargon, go here for a bit more explanation.