I love the church. Or, to be more honest, I love the idea of the
church. The real church ... like the ones I've gone to and have worked
in and currently work ... well ... I still love it, but man it's
George MacLeod worked in churches in Scotland for well over 60 years.
He had plenty of opportunities to love and hate the church. Here is
one of his prayers which is a great prayer for those who love and are
frustrated by the church.
A Chaos of Uncalculating Love
It was your custom, to go to the temple, to the noisome temple sometime to the scandalized temple listening to the mumbo jumbo, but it was your custom to go.
Give us grace in our changing day to stand by the temple that is the present church, the noisome temple the sometime scandalized temple that is the present church, listening sometime to what again seems mumbo jumbo. Make it our custom to go till the new outline of your Body for our day becomes visible in our midst.