Share Something Sundays – Tell Me About This Weekend’s Church Gathering (Aug 21, 11)

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On Sunday afternoons I am going to invite you the readers to share a quick thought from your church experiences this past weekend.

Share:

  • 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:

I am an intern for the summer working with a 1500+ church in a rich suburb of Houston. Last Monday the interns got to meet with the senior pastor to hear about what he does. He talked about preparing sermons and such. I’ve spent most of my summer gritting my teeth and taking deep breaths because of the opulence and the suburb culture. But, at the meeting, he asked us for our opinions. We told him that we thought he should challenge the latent materialism and greed that just exudes among the congregation. Anyway, this Sunday he started a new sermon series called “Generous.” Today, he called the church out on being greedy and asked everyone to think seriously about how they spend their money (and time). He pointed out that no one ever thinks that they are greedy (unlike committing adultery or something when you KNOW you’re sinning), and then he preached about living open-handed lives because of the grace of God. It was spot on and very convicting. I’m definitely going to encourage him tomorrow at work.  – Gregory Jeffers

I had a unique experience this Sunday at church.  I am on vacation, visiting my parents in another state with my kids and they wanted us to attend their church, the church I grew up in until I got married and moved away.  The church has not changed in the few years I’ve been gone, except one thing that I noticed, it has gotten older, as in older in age.  They even had a barbershop trio sing a “special music”…Anyway, I was looking around and noticed the few young people who looked bored and a single young lady, very pretty, sitting all by herself in a huge room full of people, I wish I would have introduced myself. The teaching was pretty good, talking about the 7 churches in Revelation and the historical context surrounding the chosen language of each letter.  At one point, he spoke about the sexual sins of a particular city and began condemning sexual sins and speaking hate into them, as if God doesn’t love when you are caught in those sins.  Then he moved on to the next church, next topic.  He offered no hope, no forgiveness, no grace to those who might be caught up in those sins.  I know the pastor personally, I grew up with him and his family and I know he is a loving and kind man, but his teaching showed no hope and grace and love, things that God resonates.  It made me very sad.  And to think that I was just like that in the past, before I fully understood, in the capacity that I can, where I am now, God’s grace and love and hope and forgiveness, which I can still learn about every day.  My heart broke for someone in that room listening, who is struggling with a sexual sin and felt condemnation and hopeless and unloved because of the words from the stage during that church service. – Linny
Our faith community has breakfast with homeless people in the park on Dunday morning. This morning we heard a couple of our friends talk about how they had to stay up all night to guard one another. You see they are gay, and people have been gay bashing in the area. If you are both gay and homeless you really are low on the social ladder.
I was filled with a great sadness that hatred hurts people I love. I was filled with an admiration for the way these marginalized people loved and cared for each other. And finally I was convicted to continue to find Christ in the eyes of downtrodden. – Rev3j

So… share something!

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  • Paul Clutterbuck

    At our church, we had a service themed around grace during our 4-month journey through Ephesians (August to November). Not only was the pastor’s exposition of Ephesians 2:1-10 one of the best I’ve ever heard; a lay worship leader who works as a drug and alcohol rehab counsellor also gave a message about giving hope to the most hopeless of people, giving grace to those living with the miseries of being continually shamed by everybody else (something I can identify with b/c of battles with my sexual orientation). The worship leader then led us in congregational singing of Dave Dobbyn’s “Welcome Home,” a Kiwi song celebrating adoption of the stranger.

  • Willhouk

    The scripture reading today was from Jeremiah 6:16. It reads,

    This is what the LORD says:    “Stand at the crossroads and look;
       ask for the ancient paths,
    ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
       and you will find rest for your souls

    It reminded me of how Jesus calls us to the narrow path. I like how this verse says the ancient path. It reminded me of how we are on a journey on a path that many others have walked. They’ve lived in different cultures and communities and spoken different languages, but we all have this journey in common. Sometimes I get caught up in life, politics, and everything else and I forget that God has a larger vision for my life. It was refreshing to ponder that this morning and put things back into perspective.

    It was also a good reminder that every day we have choices to make. We stand at a crossroads often, having to choose the correct path. The scripture is exhorting us to choose the right path, however it is such a blessing to know that in the instances where we don’t choose correctly we are covered by the grace of God. It is encouraging to think of what a loving God we serve and that His primary purpose in reconnecting us with Him. Reconciliation and healing are such beautiful things that our world is in such need of. May we reflect those wonderful characteristics of God.

  • Anonymous

    I am always waiting of Sunday. Because of on Sunday I sleep more, spend time with family and friends and roaming out at evening.

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  • Alan Adams

    This Sunday was very unusual:  my wife and I went by pontoon boat from our hosts’ cottage on Georgian Bay to an open air pavilion where close to sixty people gathered, all arriving by boat, and where I had the privilege of preaching during a simple, yet delightful, morning worship service.   Although there was a threat of rain all day, we travelled back and forth on the water with no rain, but it poured during the service and later in the day.  I believe the Lord smiled upon us.


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