I liked this anecdote about what it means to be the "real church."
The morning after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Rev. Lyndon Harris, an associate of St. Paul's [Chapel, New York, NY] at that time, walked to the chapel assuming that it had been demolished as the towers fell. When he saw the spire rising through the dust and discovered that the chapel had not suffered any damage, he knew he had a mission.
Over the next eight months St. Paul's operated full time as a relief site for emergency workers, keeping its doors open around the clock in order to provide food, respite and sanctuary.
When asked at the time when St. Paul's would get back to being a real church, Harris responded, "I don't think we've ever been, nor will ever be, any closer to a 'real church' than we are right now."
Davies, Matthew. Symbolic sculpture honors Trinity-St. Paul's 9/11 response." Episcopal News Service (ENS 050905-1) 9 May 2005.
And, it seems that musicians have a place in this real church.
For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked 12 hour shifts around the clock, serving meals, making beds, counseling and praying with fire fighters, construction workers, police and others. Massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists and musicians also tended to their needs.
http://www.saintpaulschapel.org/about_us 9 May 2005
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