A Community of Faith

Sunday, May 7, 2012

Today we went with Dave and Patti Miller to their church service.

Well, “church” is not the term he and his group prefer. They talk of themselves as a community of faith, to distinguish the nature of their fellowship as being different from a mere building or ritual.

The Intersection is the name of this new “church.” It is a ministry of the Mennonite Brethren, so Dave is here because we are (or he is) in partnership with the Mennonite Brethren in this ministry.

They meet in a really nice reception hall in the basement of this center for senior citizens.

Here is a view of the meeting hall, with Dave and another fellow practicing music for the service.

Prior to the service people enjoy refreshments and connecting with each other.  JoLene doesn’t know quite how it happened with the language barrier, but she ended up untangling a tiny hair band from a doll’s hair for this little girl.

In the service the children sang “Our God is a Great Big God” with vigor.

Dave preached today, although he regularly has others from the group share in doing the teaching/preaching. This being Pentecost Sunday, he spoke on Acts 2 and the coming of the Holy Spirit then, and the fact that God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for us today as well.

With my limited French I was able to follow much, but not all, of the service.

After the service we and a dozen others from The Intersection walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner and conversation. We learned so many stories of broken lives and failed dreams, but then of God’s redemption and restoration.

Lilacs are in bloom and fragrant here. We are seeing many of the “lacy” variety.

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