The First Sunday

In my post, Church, yay! I said I’d be trying out a new Church… and I did. Today!

Wow, what an experience. Where to begin?

Okay, so first I dropped off my little Nugget in the nursery area which I thought was just the absolute coolest- the way it was organized and the security. Then I was escorted to the room where Ladies Fellowship and Bible Study was taking place. It was amazing. Just in the few moments of arriving, I was greeted by everyone and felt very welcome.

I was nervous, too. Like I was back in high school. You know when you look around for familiar faces and cling to them like a tick on a dog until you’re comfortable venturing out on your own. I think girls know more what I’m talking about. Guys kinda meander wherever. Whereas us ladies like to have a “place.” After the Bible study, I checked in the baby area on my Dumpling then me and my new Church friend went to the Worship Center.

I loved it! I loved the pastor, I loved the message, I loved the people. More importantly, I felt God’s presence. It wasn’t just people going through the motions. It was a community of Christians encouraging each other and praising the Lord for all He had done for us.

I plan on going back next Sunday. I’m grateful God led me somewhere good. My Church (I’m already calling it ‘my’ lol) is the kinda place that makes me want to get dressed in the morning and go out in the world. And for an introverted recluse like me, that’s a pretty big deal.

For those of you who don’t go to Church, or are Christmas/Easter attendees, really consider getting back out there. I was hesitant at first, too, because of hypocrisy in organized religion. I was hesitant because what if I didn’t like the Church. But that was a very selfish viewpoint. As a Christian, being a blessing to others is a responsibility. Church is give and take.

I didn’t go to be accommodated to. Though, they were very accommodating- even gave me chocolate! But like with relationships, you have the honeymoon phase. Then reality. And the reality is eventually the Church isn’t going to be the sweetheart she was when you were a “guest.” And that’s okay!

I intend on being very involved in my Church. Praying for the members and the leaders. Volunteering when I’m able. Not to show off or impress anyone, but because I kinda feel like that’s the point. If I wasn’t going to contribute I could just sit home in my PJs, watch the Christian channels, and call it a day.

For those of you who have a Church (and like it), I finally understand what keeps you guys going every week.

And to everyone, have a great Sunday!

*Rae

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24 thoughts on “The First Sunday

  1. FofoFl'or says:

    am very happy for you, i really hope you find friends, and a family in that community but most of all find a deeper connection to God! good luck x

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  2. Glad you found a place to connect. That is what church is supposed to be about, connecting people in a loving environment as we realize we are all in need of community! If you or others are ever in Lynchburg, come see us at College Hill Baptist Church. It is a small community of faith with much love and encouragement as well. Thankful you found a place to become home.

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  3. Kara says:

    That’s so great !! I know how difficult comitting to go to church can be with children. Sadly we do need community . haha.

    Sundays I bring my own coffee …the only chance i get to finish a cup and not be harrassed by the kids.

    You got this. ❤

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  4. Lori Schools says:

    Yay you! Stick with it, it will be a blessing to you and your little one. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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  5. Yes, Lori, exactly! I know going to church is vital for each individual person but when children are involved- it’s like the stakes go up on everything.

    What used to be questions as simple as, “do I feel like Church today?” become, “If I miss Church today, what kind of message does that send my daughter? How will that affect her decision-making skills? Will she think doing good is an “if I feel like it” type of thing?”

    Thank you for your comment, I’m going to jot Proverbs 22:6 down now so I won’t forget it!

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  6. Lisa,

    Thank you! I was anxious, but I knew I was in a good place because the welcoming and love I felt was greater than my own insecurity (:

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  7. I’m so happy for you. Your family and support system has just grown by leaps and bounds over the course of one day. The people you have just let into your life we’ll be there to help you through the good times and the bad times and vise versa. This journey called life is much easier to travel when we don’t go it alone, that’s for sure. 😉

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

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  8. With rare exceptions, it is not a good time for Christians to be alone. Rev. 12 (an excellent brief history and writing up to present and near future time), tells of the red dragon with his increasing wrath. Social ease is important, but don’t let minor differences in belief divide believers. Acceptance of and living by basics such as the Apostles’ Creed is enough for me. Division, scattering, and getting believers to ignore theme enemy is fitting into Satan’s plan. This message is not directed at you, but I believe there may be one Christian reading this who may benefit. Don’t worry, you may remain seated, you don’t have to raise your hand.

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