Geeze Louise.FredS wrote: ↑Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:09 pmOne of the most difficult parts of moving to a new state has been leaving our church home and small group family. I've visited five churches around our new home, Mrs FredS has been to nine. I'm discouraged that none will have services on Ash Wednesday. In fact. one has cancelled Wednesday evening bible study this week in deference to Valentines Day.
So I've gone old school and investigated the local Anglican, Episcopalian, and even the Lutheran churches. They all have Ash Wednesday services scheduled, but unfortunately, none of them offer any music other than choirs, and that just won't cut it as a long-term choice.
Why is it so difficult for Protestant churches to observe Lent? It's not a Catholic™ thing, it's a Christian thing.
One of the churches sent a SWAT team over last night. Two guys and a gal. I was working so I didn't answer the doorbell. When they knocked I decided to be nice and open the door. I told them I was working and didn't have time to visit but they wanted to make small talk, so I stepped out on the porch and visited without inviting them in. How do you like the town, where'd you move from, children, church background, etc. The one of the guys said "One of the things I normally ask if we were invited in to visit is 'If you died today and stood before God, what would you say for yourself and can you be sure of your salvation?'" I told him I'm a baptized child of God who does his best every day to follow Jesus. I don't deserve heaven any more or less than he does and yes, I'm sure. Our 'hope' in Jesus is not a wish, but a promise.
He said, 'Wow. That's good. I'd like to talk to you some more." I said I'd told them already that I was busy and I'd given them all the time I cared to, then I wished them a good evening, excused myself, and went inside.
I know their hearts are in it, but they just got themselves crossed off our list. I'm keeping the cool coffee cup though.