St. Louis is home to two churches I was keen to visit. The Journey (an Acts 29 church) is led by Darrin Patrick, and I was so glad to be able to get there yesterday evening. I’ll talk about Jubilee probably tomorrow. First up, I think I like the idea of the time. Saturday at 5 PM is “dead time” for many people. To be done by 7 PM and have an evening left would be very attractive to many, I am sure. I suppose that if you have grown up in a religious family it may take some getting used to. But if your preference is for a Sunday morning, that would be fine as they do have Sunday morning services also. The meeting certainly felt like an “event,” and a lot of younger people almost filled the venue. There was a pretty slick staging of the event, complete with a limited (and hence not too intrusive) use of video clips. The band was very good technically, and we sang some songs I recognized from Newfrontiers UK circles.
The subject for the evening was prayer. Patrick took the Lord’s prayer and showed us the importance of prayer and having a structure and plan for that prayer. I cannot listen to enough sermons on prayer, for like Darrin confessed, I think few if any of us feel we pray enough. It was clear that this church is a well-led, growing body of Christ. It was a pleasure to worship with them, and I commend Darrin to you as someone worth listening to. I understand he is also working on at least two books at the moment, and I hope to be able to tell you more about that at some point here on the blog.