Friday 22 September
Save the date: Friday 22 September
If you would like to celebrate and support some of the physical projects that help create and sustain ACP as a welcoming and safe space we invite you to a special concert, food and auction event on Friday, 22 September 2017. We will have Alan Gogoll with us who is internationally recognized as one of the finest solo acoustic guitarists in the world. You can learn more about Alan and hear his music at www.alangogoll.com. The evening will also include food and both a live and silent auction.
Alan Gogoll Biography
Alan Gogoll is a solo acoustic guitarist from the picturesque seaside town of Hobart, Tasmania. Recognised internationally as one of the finest solo acoustic guitarists, Alan has built his award winning reputation on intricate and uplifting musical performances and compositions using his original Bell Harmonics technique and signature guitar tunings which have seen him featured both nationally and internationally such as on ABC Classic FM & in Guitar World.
Alan’s guitar journey began at an early age on a guitar hidden away in the attic, and more than twenty years on that journey is as exciting as ever having released over half a dozen studio albums to date with his new album 'Avorjorn' in the works set for a 2018 release.
With a deep passion and love for the guitar, Alan combines melody, rhythm, bass and harmonics into his compositions that he is delighted to share with his audiences around the globe and to bring people joy and connectedness through his music.
Building Community Together
Where are you? This is not a philosophical question, but a literal question? What is your location? Where are you standing or sitting? Notice the ground beneath you that is supporting you. Now notice what is happening around you. What do you see, what do you hear? And now for the philosophical or theological question, “what part of this experience is spiritual?”
In the beginning God created the heavens AND the earth (Genesis 1:1). At the end of the Bible is a vision for a new heaven AND new earth (Revelation 21:1). You may or may not be surprised to realize that the Biblical story is a story where the spiritual and physical overlap. You can’t actually have one without the other, which means that our physical location is spiritual.
Consider then the American Church in Paris. We are located in a particular place in the world and from the beginning there has been a vision of heaven and earth overlapping in this place. This is captured best in the phrase “a beacon on the Seine.” Notice that this vision brings our physical location on the river Seine in Paris together with Jesus’ proclamation that we are the light of the world.
This is all to say that our physical location and our physical building are not insignificant. We are physical people living in a physical world, which means that connecting with God and with one another requires physical space. This is true whether we are in a café, or at home, or work or school, but this overlap has also been happening for almost 90 years at 65 Quai d’Orsay.
Consider the many ways that we are building community together in this place. We gather as a church each week to worship and pay attention to God as a diverse group of people from around the world. We open our doors to welcome everyone. This is a fun and safe place for our children to encounter the love of God. We are challenged and encouraged to grow as faithful, intelligent, caring and creative followers of Jesus. In this physical space we experience the soul moving beauty of music and the prophetic invitation of the artist. We eat, pray, laugh, cry and play together, all of which, draws us into communion with Jesus and with one another.
But of course, God did not give us this physical space for us alone. We are called to seek the peace and prosperity of this city in which we live (Jeremiah 29:7). So the American Church in Paris is a community center for our wider world. Children, teachers and parents from two bilingual schools occupy our building each day as they learn and grow. Artists and musicians are encouraged to develop and put on display their creative talents. This is where many people (including our local Pompiers) come to exercise and stay healthy. This is a place of recovery for all of us whose healing path requires community.
Consider the ripple effect of what God is doing in this physical location.