Tuesday, February 05, 2013
our new church
The first church we visited I really liked, but no one else was on board, church #2 was good and probably worth a 2nd visit, but too far, church #3 was a great fit for the kids, but the parental units were not longing to return. Church #4, the kids enjoyed, but knew right away it was not the right fit for the family. Church #5 Ben and I LOVED, but it was even farther and seemed to have red flags that we originally tried to over look. Church #6 Ben and I instantly felt connected to; incredibly laid back, Spirit-filled, amazing worship, amazing life-giving word, not flashy, not perfect, but home.
The girls have been a little apprehensive b/c they really liked church #3. I mean that church gets kids. Amazing set up, powerful worship for kids, bright colors, great word, great take-homes and Vacation Bible School, and very, very close to our home.
A question I have asked of each church I have attended in the past few years was answered this week in the way I needed it answered. During the final moments of service the lady sitting to the right of Ben began answering the pastor. You know what I mean, "Amen, Yes, Sir" type answering. From the sound of her voice and her dialect I could tell she was an older African-American woman. But my favorite part was as the pastor released us, She answers him out loud, "Thank you, that was good preachin'" I look over and the lady next to Ben was a homeless woman. It was the most amazing thing to know she was welcome and it didn't matter what she was wearing or how she looked. That is a church I want to be a part of.
You can hear this week's sermon here. It was the most freeing message I have ever heard on giving.