The final day of my visit with Josh was a Sunday. This made the day very bittersweet. Bitter because I knew I would have to say goodbye, but sweet because I would be attending his wonderful church. I had been to his church once previously, clear back in January. And since then I had been anxious to return. At the same time, I was of course nervous about going. (Social interactions in general tend to give me the jitters! Introverted, I am. )
As most of my readers know, I have been on the search for a solid church in my area since last fall. It was at about that time I came to the decision to leave the Evangelical church I had been attending. Since, I have come to realize how hard it is to find a good church. Expository preaching is near extinction. Finding a Reformed church quickly proved impossible and I’d now be happy to find one that preaches from Scripture (as opposed to feel-good, topical, how to do life sermons). I’ve seen some really insane things at churches I have visited. I’ve seen puppet shows being passed off as actual ministries, a preacher herding his teenage sons around the church while whipping them to show how a yoke is used, teen girls in tight clothes dancing on stage being passed off as worship … the list could go on. I always tell Josh he is so blessed to have such a wonderful, Biblical church!
This time around we went for the Sunday class before morning service (last time around we only went to the worship service). The class was on church history. I thought it was really interesting. And, again, I think Josh is so fortunate that he has access to such things every Sunday. I just felt really blessed to be there.
I am also amazed with how kind and welcoming everyone at this church is. To be sure, I haven’t met every person, but everyone I have met has been so nice. It feels like a church should. It’s the only church in my life I’ve actually felt at home at. I have never felt judged by any of the members (being a single mother, and a former teen mother being judged at churches is something I have grown accustomed to).
Of course, the preaching was wonderful. Pastor Steve always does a good job preaching. I’ve been listening to his sermons on sermonaduio since January when I get the chance :o)
I didn’t get to partake in the Lord’s Super. I’m very ready to be baptized to remedy this, but I sort of have to find a church to do that. Most churches require you to be a member to be Baptized. It’s really awful not having a church home. It’s like being a homeless child in so many ways. I’ve been in and out of so many churches wondering when I will find my home. I do pray I find it soon. Anyway, I was baptized as a child but I was not a true believer then. I believed in God, but it was no different than how Satan and his demons believe. So, I feel that I need to be rebaptized.
After worship service we had the fellowship meal. We sat with a great group of people. They had quite a few funny stories! It was a good time of fellowship. I mostly, just listened to everyone because again I tend to be shy. Eventually everyone left the table except us and Pastor Steve. We had some very edifying conversation. It was so nice.
As it was time to leave Josh wanted to say good bye to some people. Of course, we ended up talking even more. I met a like-minded sustainable living brother 🙂 He was so kind to me! Even opening his home to me for future visits. Like, I said I’m amazed by the kindness all these people have shown to me.
I could have spent a lot more time there, but I had to go. As it was I wouldn’t be getting home until around ten and I had to pick up my girls still. We said our goodbyes and headed out. I cannot wait to visit again!