Originally Posted by pnggrad79
Udog and Rev,
Would I , a mere congregant, be overstepping my bounds by bringing the "meat" per se? I mean, I tend to approach things with gusto and this church is how shall I say, dry.... I wouldn't even know how to begin! I know what feeds me. I know what I need. I guess I just need to talk to the pastor. She has said she can't be very deep with the general congregation because she says that she can't assume that they understand anything. But what is wrong with ok assuming that and then teaching them and bringing them along? I assume my kids at school don't know anything, so I teach them, and bring them up to speed with where I want them to be. The same thing needs to happen spiritually, don't you think? Maybe I am just impatient. Maybe I just haven't given it time. This church seems to be filled with people who have been burned out on church, left it for various reasons and don't really want to be "preached" at and maybe they want milky sermons that don't carry a lot of weight. I want to hear from God. I don't want daisies and toast. I want steak and potatoes. I am a carnivore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ugh!!!!! Can't a lesbian get some good preaching around here?!!!!!
Definately speak to the pastor! ask her if she can start a a bible study or prayer group for people who need more grown-up faith. Or ask her if she can help you find resources to start such a group yourself. I don't know what you are looking for exactly but I used a resource out of the United Methodist Church that I liked very much. It was called "Companions in Christ" It explores the nature prayer and the role of Scripture in the life of prayer. It explores a whole range of prayer traditions and practices and gives people the opportunity to practice them together. It can be gotten from Cokesbury or Amazon.
as for meaty preaching... I don't know. You may need to visit less affirming congregations just to get a fix?