Our church is a mix of “traditional” and “something else”, we start out with a meet and greet time, since we meet in our apartment it is very casual, and at the same time not comfortable for Polish people here. For most of our people meeting and greeting a person they do not know is out of the box, and “not necessary”, “Jesus is the center not people” is something we have heard. That to me is a very huge issue that is exactly why we still do the meet and greet, people need to know people. Then we have a time of musical-worship (I hyphenate it because worship is more than music, so hopefully this specifies just one type of worship), afterwards we have coffee, tea and announcements. Then a time of sharing a message, everyone is involved in tear down, setup, children’s church, and eventually worship. I have even though of introducing the idea to Carol and Denise of sharing the “sermon” responsibility, but not quite sure how to do that without having it became a show-box, pride is an issue with our older-in-faith people.
So there you have it, this is “our christian fellowship” in Zakopane, Poland. Its different, it is a work in process, and it needs prayer, just as any piece of the body of Christ needs prayer. The vision we have is a fellowship that after experiencing the wholeness of Jesus, will reach out to its community through service-evangelism, not street evangelize.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit. [Jer. 17:7-8]
PS. Does anyone know what happened to BlogMatrix? My RSS isn’t working because they have been down for about 2 days now… sad day.