Monday, October 04, 2004

Surprised myself

I grew up in the Lutheran Church. Baptized, confirmed, married. Both kids baptized. Thing1 confirmed. All in the Lutheran Church. Co-workers would talk about their church - one of these non-denoniational community mega-churches. It always seemed phoney to me.

So when Thing1 had to attend three church services (of faiths not of his own) as part of Theology 101 we decided to go to one. We went to Willow Creek Community Church on Sunday.

It's a huge facility. Thousands of square feet of space. The chapel holds (only) 500 people. (Our current church, after expansion holds 450) The new auditorium holds 7200. But it seems smaller once the service starts.

The service we went to was more along the lines of Praise and Worship than a traditional service. Thing1 liked it but it was a little slower than 'Crazy Worship' at school. After music and prayer we were treated to a talk about raising kids. It was so right on that I hope it made it into the hearts and minds of those in the audience that had not yet decided to have kids. It's a lot of work but worth every bit. You just have to be willing to give up parts of your life.

Both the wife and I enjoyed the service. We'll be going back to see the rest of the series. Are we ready to switch? Not yet but who knows what the future will bring?

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