Worship.Freehouse lives up to its name

Worship.Freehouse lives up to its name
I didn’t know what to expect.  A bunch of Christians gathering to worship God in a bar and to be with each other.  Call me a crazy Charismatic but I sensed the “presence” of God just being in that room earlier on during the setup.  I didn’t expect that.  I read part of a spoken liturgy and that was an anointed experience for me.  I’ve never done that before.  The band was great.  The music was good.  The images on the TV screens scattered around were well done.

However what I really liked was the conversation.  We were all gathered around tables chatting it up.  At my table the discussion was real and meaningful.  I saw one guy sitting by himself so I invited it to my table and found he was a church planting pastor.  The setting made it very easy to connect with people and to dialogue.  It seems the best way to kill churchyness is to have half the people drinking beer.  I saw people free to be themselves and to talk. That in and of itself is very refreshing.

Next time I hope we incorporate some more participatory expressions of worship.  Perhaps a longer more involved liturgy.  Perhaps some open sharing. 

All in all the gathering really reflected its name.  It had worship and it had the kind community you find in a bar. 

  1. #1 by Randall on April 28, 2003 - 10:06 am

    See, now you’re making me sorry I missed it!

    We had out of town visitors this weekend, sooo, I’ll aim for the next one.

    “It seems the best way to kill churchyness is to have half the people drinking beer.”

    I like that statememt. I like the picture, and I wonder if that’s not a clearer picture of the early church meeting together than the stuff we create today.

    Congrats all. Live long and prosper, in all the right ways.

  2. #2 by Markio on April 29, 2003 - 2:03 pm

    I had also hoped to go but unfortunately I was tired and I was going to have to get up really early the next day. It sounds like it was awesome.

  3. #3 by scott derksen on May 1, 2003 - 10:17 am

    LT, once again you speak exactly what I’ve been saying. I loved being in a place where you can talk about anything from church politics to spiritual gift tests and not worry about who’s listening in (oh what’s the pastor saying now? Is that a smirnoff in his hand?). It looks like I won’t be able to make the next one as I’ll be in Edmonton that weekend, but I was blessed by being there and immediately seeing how the “bar” has picked up on something that too many churches don’t have: a safe place to be authentic and exchange in genuine dialogue.

    Later dude,

    Scotty D

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