I just watched the SNL season finale (Mick Jagger/Arcade Fire/Foo Fighters/Jeff Beck/Jon Hamm/Steve Martin/Lazy Sunday 2/etc) on DVR. It was celebratory: of rock n roll, of Mick, of Andy Samberg/Lonely Island, and, in a very touching close, of Kristen Wiig.
Trade blogs talk about SNL a lot, and specifically about how to make it better. I’ll make a suggestion: have awesome, big time shows every week. Keep Jon Hamm coming back as a reoccurring surprise guest. Mash up the musical acts. If the show is always big, it doesn’t always have to be as funny as we all remember it being back in the [insert the decade of your adolescence here]. If you’re going to do it every week anyway, why not do it big? The thing that struck me about the show, apart from the star power, was that it was very intentionally planned to be a certain kind of show. It was designed to be memorable. It was designed.
That got me thinking about church. We go big on Easter, Christmas, maybe Pentecost. And by big I don’t mean one half of the Glimmer Twins, a Yardbird and the drummer from Nirvana. By big I mean intentional. By big I mean well-thought out, done with enough lead time for artistic expression, rich liturgical experience, contemplative components, everything.
Christians do church every week. I dare say the church that’s as intentional as possible as often as possible is rare.
Why do we do church every week? Sure, there’s the Sabbath commandment, but we often forget that the Christian Sabbath is a weekly celebration of the resurrection of God the Son. There’s a feast day every week if we’d have it. A festival, a celebration. If we’d have it.