Earlier this year, I wrote about how Paul and I were trying to find our church home. Well towards the end of May, it felt as though we had tried almost all the churches. We decided to try one that a friend of mine from high school goes to.
So one Sunday morning, we headed in with no expectations. During the worship, I kept thinking that I really liked the songs they were singing, and the congregation was so much more animated and less conservative than any other church I’ve attended. For me that’s a good thing, but what worried me was Paul. I was kind of thinking to myself, that it may be a turn off to him.
After worship, the sermon began, and the pastor was foreign. This came as a surprise to me. I’m not sure why I just wasn’t expecting it (we later found out he is Egyptian). I LOVED the sermon. I truly felt the Pastor captivated me, and he truly applies scripture to the world and your life. He helps show how some of the older biblical verses that don’t seem very applicable anymore, most certainly still can be applied to our lives today. He isn’t afraid to be blunt and honest about biblical beliefs, and how Christians need to be living and acting in today’s world.
That day, Paul and I left, and as we were walking back to the car I said, “So what did you think?” and Paul said he liked it, in a pretty non chalant way. Didn’t seem too crazy about it. So he asked me and I responded in the same way. After I said I liked it, Paul said, “Oh good! I really liked it and I was praying during the service that you would feel the same way! I just feel like this is supposed to be our church!”. I think we were both waiting to hear the other’s opinions before we came out with how we truly felt!
We continued to test the waters for the next couple of weeks, and each week we grew to love it even more. The Pastor INSTANTLY introduced himself to us the second week we attended after we didn’t go flying out in a hurry. We felt so incredibly welcomed by members of the congregation. After we had only been attending for 3-4 weeks, we had Aubrey. Without even knowing more than a few people’s name, they started a food train and brought Paul and I food and gifts, and it was just so incredibly sweet how they took the time to care for us when we were so new!
Their youth program is amazing, and you can just see the Holy Spirit at work throughout the younger generation. It makes me so happy to have Aubrey grow up in that kind of environment. Paul and I got involved and started the Foundations bible study which has been LIFE changing! I honestly cannot recommend it enough, and you can find a part of the study in this book. After our life settles down in the next couple of weeks, we will both begin volunteering in the children’s ministry, and we are both looking forward to it.
We’ve now been attending for 5 months, and I can honestly say I’ve never looked forward to church so much in my entire life. The worship is so moving, and the sermons stick with you. I don’t forget them when I walk out the doors on Sunday. I remember them, and throughout the week I find myself correcting my behavior/thoughts because I remember something the Pastor said. Paul and I have both grown spiritually. I’ve never been good at consistently staying in the word, and it feels so important now. My prayer life has improved, and I find myself relying more on God than I ever have before. I am so happy to be a part of this church family, and I am so excited to continue to grow in Christ!
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” – Hebrews 10:24-25