Monday, October 19, 2009

My Home Church

My home church is made up of four families, two singles and my oldest son's nurse who cares for him on Sunday. We always eat together as family, everyone bringing food to share with each other. If we have too many kids, we have a youth minister who comes over and helps them to participate in worship then keeps them from burning down the neighborhood when they go out to play. We support and love each other through good times and bad, we go to each other's kids sports and yell for them like they are our own and we worship together, uninhibited. How much better does it get.

We use recorded praise and worship music (see the list we use in one of my first posts) and we have shakers, tambourines and other assorted noise makers to play with during the music. We turn the lights down low so we can focus on the one reason we are there together, to love God with all our hearts. The kids participate by making noise and sometimes dancing like no one is watching. They are fun to watch and are rarely a distraction during the praise and worship time.

After worship, we pray for each other's concerns and talk about what is going on in our lives. We hug each other, laugh together, ask about last week's concerns and catch up on what our kids did this past week. It's easy. It's like being a part of a big family of people you like and care about. The kids play together with the other kids in the neighborhood with whatever ballgame (or chase game) they can think of.

We eat together. We each bring a part of the meal. One brings homemade chocolate chip cookies that are usually gone before everyone leaves. We hug each other in the end and we go home, knowing the Lord is a part of our lives.


  1. that sounds both like home and like the church. attaboys all around.

  2. Back at you Shallowfrozenwater. God gives grace and mercy and I am a willing recipient. It is so good to be surrounded my people who love Jesus first then me second....Blessings.

  3. What an appealing description of your home church!

  4. Sounds authentic to say the least.
    I love it!
    When I was in Lubbock I was a part of an outreach ministry that mostly would meet in homes. It felt so great and everyone was so close. Taking care of needs of others, worship, fellowship. It was great not focusing on the outward apperiences, acts, etc. It felt so "authentic", "genuine", "real". Dusty may God bless you and your home Church in a powerful way brother.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. It has encouraged my faith tonight.

  5. Thanks for dropping by Terry and Preacherman. Our meeting together does feel authentic and real. I think every church should be a bunch of friends meeting together and enjoying the presence of God; no pretense, no agenda other than sharing a time in the Spirit together. If you're ever in the DFW area on a Sunday night, we'd love to have you be a part.