Monday, August 27, 2007

Doing Something Different

Phew. I'm back in the saddle after a couple of days on the couch. Being in the medical field, I could always see that back pain/spasms weren't fun. Now I can testify to the fact. Thanks to all those who said a prayer on my behalf - it is working!

In other news, my little church did something a little different yesterday. We had been talking for a while, wondering what would happen if instead of going to church we tried to get out and be the church. We've got a good core group that tries to shine light in our every day lives, but what if we did something different and a little bit radical as a body?

So, instead of having a church service, we went out to the local park next to the lake. Despite a "rather blustery day" as Pooh might call it, we set up in the central gazebo. After doing some prayer walking around different parts of the park, we put up signs advertising "Free BBQ" and started cooking for any who would come.

The day turned out really well. We had a steady trickle of folks from 12-4. Nothing overwhelming at one time, but we ran out of food at the end! We had cops, bike riders, families, a guy w/the cardboard sign looking for work, and skaters all stop by for a burger, hot dog, or glass of lemonade. We got to visit with several people. At least two families said they wanted to check out our church after this.

It seemed like a simple thing - go bless people. I have to believe it was more profound than that, both in our hearts and the people who witnessed it. We'll see what comes of it, but the main thing to us was the idea that "obedience is better than sacrifice." God is good, and we didn't get blown north.

Anyone else have stories like this? How did it go?

1 comment:

  1. That's an interesting idea. I know our church has struggled with finding ways to reach out to the community.