Oceans For Emotions: Tithes and offerings
By Elaine Wheat
Jan. 13, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 12, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.
"And He gave some apostles, some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers."
- Ephesians 4
I think I would like to start a church down on the beach at Indianola. God knows it needs it. I would serve as founder and pastor until God sends a ministerial graduate, one that likes to fish and be a "fishers of men" to be its real pastor.
I would name the new church, "Seaside Chapel" because it would meet together at the seaside on Miller's point 11 a.m. each Sunday after the early morning fish run, when we all take a break anyway and compare catches. We fishermen can do two things at once, brag about our catches and pray for more when we go fishing again in the evening.
I would arrive early and throw bread balls out upon the water.
The swooping, calling seagulls would be out there singing their call to worship and prelude while the fishermen pull up to the beach front, take out their ice chest to sit on and then do a religious ritual that no other church does to celebrate the service. They each would take one pole, cast it out and stake it in a rod holder so they can be fishing while they are at church instead of fishing instead of being in church. We all would go right on about our worshiping, but stop when we see a rod bow its head toward the sea in supplication, then we would continue by thanking God for our blessed fish.
After the sermon, maybe about something like Peter walking on the water, the disciples catching more fish than they could haul in or the feeding of the multitude with only five fish and picking up 12 baskets of what was left, we would each share our fish with those who hadn't caught any.
Dear Lord, there would be no offering taken up because I would work for free, since I'm not a really preacher and anyway, just being at the Seaside Chapel with fishing friends and God makes me rich enough. After all, every day the sea pays with its "Tithes and Offerings."