One of the area’s megachurches has intrigued me for years. I once wanted to be part of it. Now I’m not sure. Our first visit came several years ago, long before the original 52 Churches project. Now we return for a fresh look. It’s Advent and they have an Advent service.
Consider these seven discussion questions about Church 59.
As we drive to their facility, I pray for our time there, what we will learn, and what God wants to teach us. Do we remember to pray before church? What is the focus of our prayers?
An usher hands me a bulletin. This isn’t an usher-and-bulletin church. The paper states “Advent Liturgy.” This certainly isn’t a liturgical congregation. How can we engage in a service if it’s different than what we expect?
The subdued playing lacks the excitement I anticipated. They teach us a song in Latin. The timing befuddles me. The words perplex me. When the music doesn’t click, how can we push through and worship God anyway?
I assume the liturgy, restrained playing, and song are something different they’re doing for Advent: changing the familiar into something with a mystical aura. What can we do to breathe freshness into our adoration of Jesus?
During the greeting time we have brief interactions with those sitting around us. But, unable to move, we then stand writhing in awkward isolation while conversations abound around us. How can we best greet those who need it most?
I suspect this Sunday’s teaching is typical and the rest of the service is not. Somber music pulls me down, while liturgy pushes me away. I must work to embrace all forms of worship. How can we help people overcome barriers to encountering God?
“I loved the teaching,” I tell Candy, “but I don’t have the energy to try to plug into a large church.” How can we help people plug into our church without making them work too hard?
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One reply on “Advent Service: Discussion Questions for Church #59”
That’s such a good question Peter DeHaan. How can newcomers to the Faith and us oldsters too feel welcome in a large church that is trying to reach out to worshippers to build up the body of Christ when it is clear their leaders have lost sight of Christ. Newcomers and oldsters need to see Christ and know Christ so that they can see the Father and the Mother of the Church working together to resurrect and rebirth humanity so that they can believe that everyone who believes in Christ and his Bride and the Teacher of Israel has eternal life. Firstly, they need to be ushered in to see and understand who Nicodemus is. I don’t know why Christians today cannot see…how Nicodemus is the Teacher of Israel aka Moses who comes to life at Christmas for kids as old St. Nick…who comes with his PAL Black Pete…to give naughty kids who have nothing…some coal to light up their homes like the NICE kids take for granted. OH yes…and to give Rudolf a big carat [aka a diamond]…adorning a ring–showing and telling one and all how much Black Pete loves the GAZELLE…known to Greek Christians as a DORK… DORCAS! The Story of Dorcas of course tells how Peter lifts up the Gazelle the way the Singer does in the Song of Songs at the end of the Song of Songs…as she lets go of Solomon, the Son of David.