Welcome to my new series. We are not in Church Search mode any longer. We have found a church where we feel welcome and where we believe we can worship. We believe that the Lord has led us here.
I’ll be honest. I was distracted during Sunday School. Jan stayed home due to the surgery she had Friday. I felt just a little out-of-place without her since I still don’t know many of the people there.
I had lunch with a couple of the staff members this week. I was told that there is another couple that wants to begin a home bible study. I’m looking forward to getting to know this couple and seeing if this is something we can participate in. We will need it since I will not be able to be in Sunday School for half the year.
One of the strengths of our church is the worship through music. It is definitely planned, but there is enough latitude and spontaneity to veer off from the path if it seems right.
The sermon was about Sanctity of Human Life. Just before the sermon began, a lady gave a spontaneous testimony about a time earlier in her life when she had an abortion. She testified to God’s forgiveness and grace for this event in her life. Another person came up and testified to her being pregnant as a teenager before marriage and keeping her child. Both spoke to mistakes in their lives and how God loved them despite this.
A time of prayer at the altar continued from there. Many people went down and prayed together.
The sermon was a good challenge to value all human life. It ended with a video called 99 Balloons. It was about a little boy who lived 99 days and 99 balloons were let got at his funeral.
The thing that is greatest about this church is that despite some issues and problems that have occurred recently there is a sweet spirit of love and caring there.
On a side note, we have been going there for four weeks. A couple prepared us a meal today since Jan had her surgery.
What attracted you to your church? What are its strengths?
Please join me today in my family’s continued search for a church home.
If you have been following these adventures, you know that we visited four churches in November and December. We didn’t really set our hearts on one. We visited a couple of them a couple of times.
In January, a friend of mine was preaching at the church he is on staff at since the pastor recently resigned. An interesting thing happened. We liked the service despite having no expectations going in.
We went back the following Sunday and enjoyed it again.
This Sunday we again returned to this church. We also did something we haven’t done since August. We went to Sunday School AND returned for the Sunday night service.
So how was it?
The thing that stands out from the Sunday School class was that these people really love each other. The teaching was fine, but this group is definitely close-knit. Before going into the class, I told Jan that I was not going to say anything and just observe. If you know me, you will understand that this is extremely difficult for me to do. I love to talk about the Lord and the Bible. I failed in my goal of not saying anything.
My friend preached again on Sunday morning. He preached about God taking His people through difficult situations to get them where He wants them to be. This was something that everyone could relate to.
In the Sunday night service, a lay preacher preached. He spoke from the first nine verses of Romans and gave us eight ways to evaluate where we are spiritually, such as praying, reading the Bible, visiting orphans and widows, watching movies, tithing and watching movies. There were others, but I cannot remember them all.
So, where are in our search? Honestly, there are no other churches that we want to visit. My kids are going with the youth group to a youth conference in March. We are happy to stay here for now. We are not quite to the point of joining and we haven’t “landed” yet but we are definitely hovering.
I like this church and it has great potential to grow beyond where it is today. If things continue as they are this will probably be our new church home and I look forward to serving this church in some way.
Here is the question I want to leave you with. I plan to change my series to something like First Year In The New Church at some point. When should I make that change?
What say you?
Today we are visiting one of the churches that we have already visited again. It was Church #3 if you want to go back and see what it was all about from the previous posts. Let’s call it Church A and I will give a report on it next week. We will visit Church B next week. It was Church #4.
After next Sunday, we have a special church event to attend two Sundays from now. The Sunday after that is Christmas. Beginning January 1, we will have decided which of these two we want to focus on and attend that one for a few weeks. We will also attend other services such as evening services, Sunday school, fellowship groups and Wednesday night services.
As always, please continue to pray as we are looking at making decisions.