A couple weeks ago I wrote up an idea I had on a possible name for a worship service. The name that came to my head was The Embassy. I hope and pray that what I have written can enlighten you and your understanding of the Church. Please feel free to engage me if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.
We have to ask some questions to better understand what is meant by The Embassy. First, why does somebody go to an embassy? They go because they are not citizens of the land in which they currently reside. Going to an embassy is to acknowledge your citizenship of a country that you are currently not residing in. Not only is it that but it also functions as reminder of who you are via the symbols, sayings, and practices of your native land present within an embassy. Also an embassy is understood as actually being sovereign soil of the country of which it represents. There are two questions answered within the individual which are: who am I and where am I?
For the Christian we go to worship with the same acknowledgements mentioned above. When we go to worship we acknowledge Philippians 3:20 “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”. In acknowledging that we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we acknowledge that we are foreigners in the world. Christ himself said that “My Kingdom is not of this world” and as citizens of his Kingdom we have to admit we are foreigners in the world we find ourselves. It is at worship that we are reminded who we are through Word, Sacrament, and Christian practice. We remember that we are called Children of God John 1:12. While we are at worship somehow we are brought onto the sovereign soil of the Kingdom of God and can experience the presence of the King, no matter the size of our gathering Matthew 18:20. In worship the very ground we walk is holy just like the ground on which Moses stood on by the burning bush was holy though being in the world.
The next question is what is the function of an embassy? The function is to represent its country to the very country it is located in. An embassy is not an insular community but rather a community of ambassadors to a land that may not know what their country is all about. An embassy is missional, it seeks to inform and gather those who want to change their citizenship and immigrate.
If Christianity is anything it is missional. Christ tells his disciples “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19. The Church is to represent the Kingdom of Heaven to the world in which it has been placed. The Church is to seek the broken in the world and inform them of God’s love which has the power to gather them and change their citizenship through Christ’s work on the Cross.
Those are the reasons why the idea of calling our worship service The Embassy has stuck with me and why I think it fits both what a Missworship service does and calls us to do.
Is the Children of the Kingdom of Heaven present in the world gathering to represent the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.