Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pack the House #13: What To Expect

I'm going to go ahead and post this one tonight since tomorrow is going to be crazy busy.  Please come and see us.

What to expect at something called "Heathen Church"...

First off, for the uninitiated you can expect the noise of life.  Heathen Church is a noisy place because on average half of our attendance is unattended children.  Let's state that again, in a different way, half of our attendance are kids who show up without parents because they want to be there.  These are kids who come from chaos, who do not know how to be in church, but for whatever reason, they feel a need to be there.  Now, do not misunderstand me, Heathen Church IS NOT CHAOS.  The kids for all intents and purposes are well behaved, but they do come and go, and they do sometimes speak or laugh louder than they should.  But you know what?  I think the noise of our children in worship pleases God far more than the most polished choir.  With that said, do know that we use our Friday Night event to teach the kids how to be in church.  This is a process and we are patient.  We have a sanctuary half filled with children...tell me what church wouldn't love to have what we have.

Secondly, you can expect to be loved.  We are very proud of our "community moment" and you will see why.  We are all about fostering not only community, but especially family.  You will hear me talk about the idea that we are truly all in this together; you will see why.  This isn't church as usual.

Thirdly, you can expect to encounter a community that wants to believe so badly in what we are doing.  They've been hurt, their lives are tough, they've seen and heard it all...and they are beginning to believe.  But it is not just belief in us (which is vital in our context), but they are beginning to believe that there really is something more to God, Church, faith, and this freedom we're always harping on.  We are a church that is truly beginning to model what it means to live what we believe.

Fourthly (is that a word???),  you will be challenged.  We are all about edification and lifting up, but this place has a very real tendency to confront your faith and what it means to be a Christ follower.  Tonight will be no different. 

Fifthly (almost positive that isn't a word), you will find a team that has completely sold out for the Kingdom.  These are hard working people, sacrificing their time, resources, and at times I'm sure, their sanity to be the hands and feet of Christ.  Our leadership team represents five different churches, across two denominations, with four clergy.  The work that these folks put into this and our people is truly amazing.  You will find sacrificial love in motion.

Sixthly (this is getting out of hand), if you have not been here before you can expect to have your expectations challenged.  I've never heard anyone say, "Exactly what I expected."  You'll see.

Seventhly (I just can't help myself at this point) and lastly, this one is up to you.  Come expecting to encounter the risen Christ.  We don't pay lip service to these high ideals we have a tendency to spout in Church all the time; it truly is our identity and lifeblood.  If we don't live it; we fail.  Come expecting to encounter Christ; you won't be disappointed.

Come and see.

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