Gift #121: Church visiting

These past several weeks I’ve had the privilege of visiting several churches in my community for the first time.  I enjoy learning how my fellow Christians of other denominations worship together.  There has been a great diversity in the style of services, ranging from liturgical to free-form, formal to casual.  I’ve seen everything from choirs in robes to praise bands in jeans.  Despite the diversity of the congregations I’ve worshiped with, all are unified in Who they worship.  That’s one of the things I love about God – every single one of His creations is unique, individual, a celebration of diversity.  But everything is unified in Him.  “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female.  For you are all one in Christ”  Gal 3:28 says.  This is a wonderful verse because Paul highlights three major sources of discrimination – race, social status, and gender – and tells us that these things no longer matter when we find our identity in Christ.  As followers of Christ, we are marked by our love and acceptance of all, knowing we are all redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and are beloved as God’s children.  Visiting these several churches has reinforced this truth in my life.  So whether our churches worship by singing the words of our forefathers or the words of our generation, we all take part in the chorus of the ages singing praise to God.  Whether we pray with our hands outstretched or folded, we pray to Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.  And may we remember we serve a God who values diversity, but desires unity among His children.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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