For most of my life, the Lord’s Supper seemed strange to me. I didn’t think it fit with the rest of worship. I grew up going to a very traditional church in a very old, beautiful building with a very austere worship style.
As a young person, church felt something like this . . .
Some recitations and readings.
A sermon and some prayers.
Then, wait! Stop everything! Snack time!
All the adults would file to the front.... Read More
This Lent, as we focus so much on Jesus (for good reason!), it’s also a great time to focus on what Jesus thought was important enough to do right before he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. He prayed for the church.
Often, I think we are so used to driving by the church, going to the church, or praying in church that we forget to pray for the church.
Using some of the same thoughts as Jesus prayed in John... Read More
On New Year’s Eve morning, my home congregation didn’t have a worship service, so my family tried something new. Instead of doing a devotion at home or going to church with friends, my husband and I decided we would visit a place where we knew nobody. We let our kids pick which church to try, and off we went.
Have you ever taken your children church shopping?
Friends of ours gave us the idea. They realized their children will move... Read More
We live in an intensely competitive, consumer-driven services marketplace. I live near the center of a large city, which means I have an insane number of choices for dining out. I have the great luxury of being very picky about my restaurant dollars; so if a place gives me a meal I didn’t care for or indifferent service, I just never go back. The restaurant business is brutal—many close down after the second year. I have the luxury of expecting... Read More
As a military family, we have been members at a couple of churches and visited even more. We’ve held worship in our home. We’ve worshiped in large congregations. We’ve worshiped in small churches. Because we were always meeting new people and looking for a new church to call our own, I often asked people, “Where do you go to church?” And new people to my community often asked me too.
Now, I know that as a writer I’m pickier about... Read More