Before I discuss my experience at Grace Lutheran Church I feel it would be beneficial to explain my Church Background, so that you can better understand my outsider view of the Sunday morning worship Service I attended. I have been raised in the Baptist/Southern Baptist church my entire life. My parents are from South Carolina, which is also where I grew up, so our idea of Church has always been a small community with a very relaxed atmosphere. I stopped attending the Baptists church when I was 16. I chose to join Bent-tree Bible Fellowship, a non-denominational church. I attended this church for about 2 years when I started my sophomore year at DBU and was offered a position in children’s ministry at First Baptist Colleyville. Bent-tree and FBC were the two largest churches I have been a part of both between 3,000-5,000 in total Sunday attendance. Both follow the same basic order of service. Begin around 11am with 10-15 minutes of worship singing, then announcements, followed by an special aspect of the service like a video a special song etc.… The sermon lasts about 25-35 minutes and we close with prayer and one final worship song. Again all the churches I have ever attended have been very relaxed, shorts
After the prayer all the church members turn to each other and make an offering of peace to each other as a community to bring everyone together. This is where I had to join in also, all the members reach out to shake hands and exchange a hello or a god bless
The frequently described to us how we were the only ones who have come to give a helping hand. We were welcomed right away and treated like visiting family members. I expected our visit to be like us working for them, but much to my surprise, it was much more of a group effort. We all worked together to help build classrooms and other additions to their church. They treated us more like family than guests and in such a short ten days, I built friendships that continue beyond just the trip.
Atlantic Cape Community College Church After Several Years Amina Holliday Reflection Paper 10/27/2015 Abstract I always knew church was where people was to worship God but I didn’t understand why people had put so much faith into the pastor.
Lawrence Church were: welcoming, community, and faithfulness. As I had observed throughout the service, the congregation of St. Lawrence Church was rather friendly as well as inviting, and readily able to accept anyone into their community. Also, I noticed the congregation seemed to be more of a “family” or community as there were lots of people having conversations both inside and outside the church even after mass was over. Furthermore, the church as well as the congregation were always willing to help those in need within their community. In addition, I found most of the congregation took their faith as a Catholic as well as the duties of a Catholic quite seriously.
Introduction For this pastoral interview, I interviewed Andrew O’Brien. He has been serving as the missions pastor for North Ridge Church for two years. O’Brien lives in Falls City, Nebraska with his wife, Emily, and two young sons. Being a child of missionaries in Mexico, he has always had a heart for missions.
The spiritual atmosphere is of the most importance when considering a new place to live, a new school to attend, and a new church family. Moving from the modestly liberal state of Virginia to Madison, Alabama, it made the search for a strong spiritual environment very easily accessible. From attending private school, to choosing a new congregation at which to attend, my parents have made the best decision. Church family is very important in a person’s spiritual walk. If one has a strong church family, he or she will be able to rely on the group of
As a Baptist church, they hope every guest will join them in their mission to become more like Jesus Christ, and they will do everything they can to support you along your spiritual journey. Friendship Baptist Church’s pastor, Dr. Paul Cowles, delivers compelling, relevant sermons that resonate with long-time followers and newcomers alike. Every Sunday, they hold a morning worship service, as well as a special worship service for students later in the day. On Wednesdays, they hold student ministry meetings as well as adult choir gatherings, so members receive another wonderful opportunity to sing, learn, and praise the word of God. They also offer Sunday School for children and adults, with separate, helpful classes divided into six different age groups.
When I first got to the Synagogue, the Rabbi and his wife welcomed with me with open arms. They started explaining certain things that they do and why they do it. When we walked into the room where we would attend the service I noticed the seating was different. The seating in this Synagogue was sorted into three sections mixed, woman only, and men only. I sat in the woman areas section, because I have never been segregated during a church service before.
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” I said as i dutifully made the sign of the cross and picked up my book of hymns. As the organist began playing, I stared at the large golden cross that hung above the altar, its metallic sheen contrasting with the deep green marble. I was baptized as a Catholic, attended a Catholic elementary school and high school, and attended church every Sunday with my family. I made my first reconciliation and received a small silver cross necklace with a tiny peridot in the center. When I made my first communion, I wore a white dress with all the other little girls in my class, and had a big party with my family afterwards where I was given gifts of well-wishes and love from my family.
It started with the fourth daily prayer, and then the women had supper and activities downstairs, while then men ate supper upstairs. It was a potluck style gathering, the women were chatting with friends, the children were running around loud and crazy. The food seemed ethnic and authentic, and I loved every minute of it. Even though I was enjoying myself, I felt the tendency to just stick very close to the sister that I had connected with originally. During dinner I talked with others that were at the table.
In many instances, people turn to us healthcare providers to understand why a family member passed away. The question I asked to them when a patient dies “Are you spiritual and if yes would you want to me to get a Chaplin”. Some of them are grateful and asked for me to pray with them, which seems to give them peace. I always try not to force my beliefs on them and I try to offer help in any way I can. Finally, video one really enlighten us on the importance of spirituality for nurses.
The priest orated stories to inform and mainly pursue not to belittle one another’s experience on this planet. This was taken place at University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel, Sunday evening. Though I can safely say that the majority of the audience consisted of frequent Catholic followers, I noticed a number of students who are also in COMM 27. Overall the speech was very compelling and easy to follow.