A short preface:
These musings are in no way meant to be any sort of criticism towards anyone who attends a church gathering on Sunday mornings. Please don’t let the content or ideas shared here turn you off to the thoughts I’m trying to express. This post is meant to be one of encouragement and acceptance. Also, a kick ass lasagna recipe.
When I use social media, my time is solely spent on Instagram. I love Instagram! I love scrolling through a sea of lovely photos and reading beautiful words and thoughts shared by the people I follow. I love Instagram Stories! I love getting a peek into the lives of people I admire, or a look into a whole other world that reminds me how big this place is and how much more I have to learn about it.
Sunday Mornings on Instagram are an entity all their own. Sunday Mornings on Instagram, more often than not, mean that my feed is overflowing with photos and Stories of stages and lights and skinny pants and microphones and ankle boots. Snippets of worship services and church gatherings make their way to the spotlight on Sunday Mornings on Instagram.
Recently, I was asked if I’d “found a home church yet?”. I politely responded that I wasn’t looking for one. My response was met with concern for my daughter’s spiritual growth and Shawn’s and my (perceived) lack of community.
I have no qualms with church goers, none whatsoever. If going to your place of worship on Sunday Mornings and sharing it with your Instagram world brings you some joy, then please, by all means.
As most of you know, I grew up going to church on Sunday Mornings. I learned a lot. And then I stopped going to church on Sunday Mornings. I learned a lot.
I did a little research (I’m such a research nerd) before putting words to the page today. I learned that the word church originates from the Greek word kuriakos. The word kuriakos literally means “belonging to the Lord”. I think that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. Because all of us, all of us on this glorious planet, belong to God. We belong to the Divine.
What do my Sunday Mornings look like now? Sometimes they look like an early trip to Target by myself with time to clear my head. Sometimes they look like brunch with my husband and daughter at our favorite diner. Sometimes they look like redecorating my kitchen.
What does our church look like now? Our community? Kuriakos. It looks like inviting new people over to our home and sitting down at our table and sharing a meal with them; learning about their hopes and dreams and beliefs and fears. It looks like taking the opportunity to get to know someone’s story and bridge gaps.
What is my daughter learning if she isn’t in Sunday School? She’s learning to consider others before herself. She’s learning that everyone’s story matters. She’s learning generosity, creativity, acceptance, justice, and what a good whiskey looks like.
She’s learning that whatever one’s faith is, wherever one chooses to worship, if one doesn’t have a faith, if one doesn’t choose to worship, if one is black, white, rich, poor, conservative, liberal, straight, gay, foreign, old, young, male, female, athiest, jewish, muslim, white collar, blue collar, transgender, different from us or the same as us, we are all kuriakos.
We all belong to Love.
So whatever your Sunday Mornings look like, may you always know that you belong to Love.
In the spirit of community and making the table longer rather than building the wall higher, I wanted to share my beloved lasagna recipe with you. I’m actually making this dish for some new friends that we are having over this week and I’m so excited to share it.
Traditional (Delicious) Lasagna:
- 32 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
- 48 oz (ish) pasta sauce of your choice
- 12 cooked lasagna noodles
- dried sage (eyeball it)
- salt and pepper
- shaved or shredded parmesan cheese
- Brown the ground beef and season it with s&p and dried sage to taste. Combine the meat with sauce in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses with the eggs until well blended.
- In a 9×13 dish, layer three cooked lasagna noodles. Spread with 1/3 of the cheese mixture and top with 1/3 of the meat sauce. Repeat until all noodles are used. The very top layer should be meat sauce.
- Cover the lasagna loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. The last 5 minutes of cooking, remove the lasagna from the oven and sprinkle the top layer of the lasagna with the shaved parmesan cheese. Put the lasagna back in the oven and continue baking until the cheese is melted and golden brown. *Note: Feel free to be very generous with your cheese! Add some extra mozzarella to the top, maybe sprinkle with a little extra sage or oregano.
- Let the lasagna cool until you can cut into it without making your kitchen look like a murder scene. Serve and enjoy.