Every Sunday afternoon I am going to invite you the readers to share a quick thought from your church experiences this past weekend.
- Something insightful that challenged you in your life with God.
- Something hilarious that you heard or saw
- Something visual that you just had to take a picture of (Disqus comments allow you to upload a picture)
- Something that gave you a vision of the early church
- Something that felt contrived or superficial (be careful not to gossip here)
- Something that made you cry
- Something unique that could benefit other churches and Christians
- OR Something completely Random
The following Sunday, I will share my favorite “Shared Something” from the previous post and invite readers to repeat the pattern until it gets old and boring.
Here’s a couple thoughts from readers from a couple weeks ago:
Ron Friesen: One of our attendees, a refugee from Africa, shared a harrowing experience with an out of control car and a phone call from a woman who said she saw the attendee’s mother. The family has not seen mother for over 10 years – so unsure if this is untrue or a miracle in the making. The church gathered and laid hands on her – praying for God’s protection and blessing.
Jessica M: My church experience was not so good this week. We are trying out a new church and my kids totally embarassed me during worship…calling attention to us and leading to some dirty looks being cast our way. This particular church doesn’t have a whole lot of children and some elderly parishoners. I was really hoping for a bit of grace from others but just wasn’t feeling it. I come alone because my husband works two jobs and I think people see me in a certain light. Anyways…I just felt some condemntation and head shaking was directed at me..my kids are still learning (3 and 7)..mostly it was my son clapping when he wasn’t supposed to and just getting out of his seat a lot.
Anyways…for any that might be reading this please give some of us parents with young children some grace. When we enter a critical environment, especially when it’s new, it just makes me, anyways, want to avoid it. Last week I took my kids to the river and worshipped there, out in Creation, instead of dealing with all of this and I’m thinking that might be our plan next week. I’m starting to question the definition of what church is. If church can be found and experienced outside the traditional forum of Sunday morning, pews and old lady’s dirty looks! Sorry for venting Kurt..saw the title for this blog post and thought I’d share my experience.
Sharon L: Our service is growing! We’re a contemporary service on a large (several thousand) traditional church campus. We’ve grown so much that we don’t fit in our “room” anymore. Today we announced that the entire church congregation is going to re-work the sunday multiple service schedule to allow us to move from our room into the “Big House”!! We’re so excited to see God moving in the young adults in our area and within our congregation! It’s an exciting time for us!!