With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #24.
The people at this traditional church were friendly, much friendlier than most. The message was good and gave me something to contemplate, but it was the teens who led music that left a lasting memory with me. They showed me what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth.
The pastor of this church saw my original post and forwarded it to the music director. She contacted me, thanking me for my words, which she shared with the musicians and singers. A week or so later, we met at a coffee shop to talk about worship, church, and faith.
She likes to offer the congregation variety in worship styles and content, from traditional to contemporary. Her goal is to bring in youth once a month or so. I really want to go back and hear them again, but I fear a second experience would pale in comparison.
Instead, I choose to let my memory of this service suffice.