We visited a church on the north side of town today. This is a church that I have heard a lot of good things about, and I have wanted to visit for awhile. We were really in for a surprise. As soon as we got out of the car, we were pleasantly surprised to hear outdoor speakers in the parking lot playing Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Sammy Haggar songs. LOUD. We immediately saw the one African-American friend that we have - Jeff's friend Derek. With him was the mother of a young couple from our church who are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. How bizarre is that? Not that it matters, but there were several biracial couples, and families. There were several dark skinned kids. There was a lot of diversity!
The service was awesome. We took the kids with us to service, but they do have a completely separate sanctuary for kids for their own church service, with music and puppets. We will try that next time. I realize it's not about the building, the donuts and coffee in the sanctuary, or even the music. It's not about any of that. It's not about what you wear. It's not about the guy wearing the Dos Equis shirt in front of us who was playing an air guitar during the service. It's not about the awesome music. It's not about the fact that they played my favorite U2 song, Beautiful Day, during the service. It's not about any of that. But in a way, it's about all of that. We felt really comfortable there, and we will definitely go back and try it again.
Here's a video the church made about their modern church. It stars our very own weather man, and father to some of Jack's best buddies. It's hysterical!
**Tip: Hit the pause button on my music player on the bottom of this page to be able to hear the clip.