Like most Biblical journeys, it involved a little faith, some times of waiting, times of following, times of discerning, and times of blessing.
(Warning: long answer begins here!) I grew up Lutheran and was baptized, confirmed, married, and my children were baptized all in the same church in South Carolina. We weren’t necessarily looking for anything new or different after we moved to the Midwest. But God had something different for us. (Warning: short answer begins here) Basically, we just felt at home in our new church, and we’re stickin’ here ’til He tells us to move again.
I don’t have a long list of qualifications or principles that my new church must embody or embrace. We loved that the AMiA grew out of a cross-cultural concern from Christians in Rwanda for the unchurched in North America. We love that sense of grassroots connectedness, that sense that God is and has been at work across the globe. And we love jumping on the bus to join in however we can.
I’m not attached to a particular denomination at this point in my life, but I am still attached to liturgy. (I’m glad God hasn’t asked me to give that up yet. But I think I would have; though there was a point when I probably wouldn’t have. How sweet of Him to let me keep it! He knows what I like, and He wants to make me happy. Ok, end crazy talking…) One of the great pleasures of my newfound Anglicanism is this portion of the liturgy:
Great is the mystery of faith. Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
That just about sums it up for me. The closer I grow to Christ, the less attached I feel to any one denomination, and the more appreciation I develop for His Universal Church.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Please don’t debate theology in the comments; but if you want to, you can tell me how much you love Jesus. ; )
Meredith, I’m not even quite sure this is a satisfactory answer to your question!
What about you guys? Why do you go to the church you do? Or don’t? … *cough* you know who you are *cough*