Sunday, February 22, 2009

Serving God Together

For the last few years, I have led a group from my church in cooking and serving supper 4 times a year at a local outreach center.  We have 2 other groups, so together we cover one day a month. Yesterday may have been my last time.  

We had someone who is still going to our church, but is feeling similar to how I do, uncomfortable, and not wanting to go to any more meetings, but plans on hanging in there, even though she's also missed some church. There was someone who was asked to do mission work at a new church, not far from the current one, where many of the disgruntled people have been going, so goes there now. There was a family who goes to a different denomination now. There was a couple, new to the church, and who I don't know well, so I don't know how they are feeling about things. I do know they are attending, because they told the one family they'd see them in church.  

Some of the regulars in the group were attending Dare to Share with their teens, and one was out of town, so we barely had enough there. It felt good serving God with these people. We agreed we'd like to stay as a group, even if we are going to different churches.  I think the others who couldn't make it would agree. The board chair for the 3 groups said it would be OK if we still served, and she would find someone to lead it if I decided I was going to change churches.

I am not going back to the church I visited the last two weeks, because I found out there is something major I disagree with them on. I don't know where God will lead me, and it very well could be back to my church.  I am missing people there, but I just can't be around the tension right now.  In the letter I wrote to our Pastor and elders, I asked for forgiveness for staying away for awhile, because I feel there are people I am letting down. We really do have a lot of awesome people, who live by their faith.  Also, there are some things others know that the rest of us do not, and they feel led by God to do what they are doing, so I can't assume they are trying to cause problems for others.  I just know that the Bible says we are to forgive.  

When all is said and done, we all need to be willing to forgive each other.  Like Pam said recently, people who don't like how others do things will share the same heaven.  She said something like that, anyway.

What is happening now, is that God is drawing me to himself. I am not worrying about the church decision. As I was working yesterday, I thought about the situation, and asked God where he wants me to go to church.  I felt a peace come over me, and it seemed He was letting me know that it could be awhile before I know where I am supposed to be, but it's OK.

I am thankful to have this community of Christian women in blogland.  Bless you all!

(The pic was taken at January's meal, when I was covering in the absence of a leader for that group.)


  1. IN NO WAY would I say that church as most people know it is wrong!!!! But it seems that I know many people who have been walking with God a long time who seem to find themselves in the same place. They still have the connections with people and are actively "doing" for Christ in their communities...but they aren't in a church body like they used to be. Your heart is not walking away from God so be encouraged. God has something special as you rest in Him. We have to be careful of jumping back into a box He does not call us to...but we must also not be in rebellion. It is an interesting time of life...never would have imagined this season. :) As long as we don't turn away from Him I think we're okay for this season. Blessings of all His best!

  2. Good morning, Pam,
    Thank you for the words of wisdom and encouragement. They settled right in where they were needed. Praise God for the online Christian community!

    Blessings on you day,

  3. Dear Sue, Seems you are in a place that we all come to at one time in our life. I don't know your situation but I do kinow if you pray and seeks God's will that He will lead you to the right church. I know some say you don't have to be in church to serve the Lord. But it sure does help , especially if you are in the right church. Last night our pastor mentioned the fact that there seems to be unity among our people but we don't need to take that for granite. We need to watch and pray lest the devil take advantage.
    Will be praying for the Lord to lead you and guide you in the way you ought to go.

  4. My mom was recently in the place you find yourself in. I am looking for a church home too, but I sure hope it doesn't take you as long to find your answer as it has me.

  5. Oh, Sue! I wish I could give you a big hug. We have come full circle with our church. It's not an easy process. Just now getting back into things and it feels a little strange. But God has a plan, and there is a reason you are where you are right now.

    Praying for you. Glad you have these women too!

  6. Thanks, Aliene, Cinj, and Laura,
    I think Pam was saying that some find themselves without a church home for a period of time, but they can still serve God, and she would agree it's good to find the church that God has in mind for you.

    Yes, it's a good idea for churches to promote unity, and prevent Satan's schemes from driving any wedges. Praise God, the Bible tells us how to do this, bearing with one another, not showing annoyance at once, prayer, forgiving one another, etc.

    Laura, I remember reading about your working with youth. Did you have a period of time you weren't going? I felt that hug, by the way.