Sunday, 16 January 2011

a church for rejects?



The church in which I was nurtured embraced all sorts. I was unaware of that as a youngster and simply took the amazing ministry of hospitality for granted. It is only on my infrequent returns as an adult that I have appreciated the community and grace that abounds there.
I was reminded of one of my favourite cartoons of the '80s - The Raggy Dolls - the story of 7 dolls made in Mr Grimes' toy factory, who are less than perfect and consigned to the rejects' bin.
By definition our churches are places for rejects.
Just like in the cartoon, Jesus invites us on an adventure and sees not our imperfections but our many gifts.
If only we could see ourselves - and others - in that empowering light.


It's not much of a life when you're just a pretty face.
Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace.
Don't be scared if you don't fit in,
Look who's in the reject bin!

It's the Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Dolls like you and me.
Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Made imperfectly.

So if you got a bump on your nose,
Or a lump on your toes,
Do not despair.
Be like the Raggy Dolls,
And say I just don't care.


'Cause Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Are happy just to be...
Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Dolls like you and me!

It's not much of a life when you're just a pretty face.
Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace.
Look around and you will find,
People of every kind.


Like the Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Dolls like you and me.
Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Made imperfectly.
So if you're not at ease with your nobbly knees
And your fingers are all thumbs.
Stand on your two left feet,
And join our Raggy Doll chums.


'Cause Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Are happy just to be...
Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls,
Dolls like you and me!

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