We’ve visited two churches and plan to visit two more. We want to be wise in our decision as this place will hopefully be our home and community for the next five or so years.
Last week’s church was fine, but not somewhere either of us really felt we could call home. This week is very possibly different.
Flatirons Community Church is the second largest church in Colorado. It’s congregation breaks 10,000. Honestly, it’s where I see Sandals Church in five years or so as far as size and programming. I had to keep that in mind this morning. The music was like being at a live rock concert. The place was enormous. It’s not necessarily something I would have chosen. It’s easily a sea you can get lost in. However, so is Sandals. I know that community can be found in large crowds if you want to find it. We had been at Sandals since it was a tiny congregation of about 100, and grew with our community to the church it is now of over 3,000. I’m sure there are people there who feel lost and without community, but I know that it is possible to feel at home there if you make it your home.
One hesitation is definitely that the church is about 25 minutes from our current home. However, we don’t know how long this particular building will be our home. There is a community group in Boulder, and a monthly get together at a local tavern to discuss large questions in Christianity. Both of these would be opportunities near our home that we could meet people. Plus we drove about 45 minutes for a few years to get to our Sandals small group.
We’ll be visiting two more churches that are in Boulder, and then making a decision from the three. Would appreciate your prayers over the next month as we make that decision and begin to find a church home.
Two versus stuck out to me today:
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8
“But let justice roll like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream.” -Amos 5:24
The pastor talked about how Jesus always put Himself between bullies and the bullied. It is our responsibility to ensure primary justice, things like food, shelter, and water. It is also our responsibility to fight for restorative justice. This is fighting things like the causes of hunger, desiccation, and lack of shelter. He talked about how loving mercy is to love loving people. I need to act in a just way and fight for justice around me. I need to love loving people, and I need to do both of those things while humbly walking with God. These acts should roll like a river through me and never fail.
I’m not always successful at these things, but I have written these two verses on a note card to put up in my office and memorize this week. Hopefully reading them multiple times a day will help me be intentional to put them into practice more often.