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.