I wouldn't claim to be morally superior or more spiritual than my dear readers...but I did attend not one but two churches yesterday morning, and that within five minutes of each other. Sort of like scoring two touchdowns seconds apart, eh? How many did you attend?
There'a a small, SBC church down the road. We entered about 10:55 and sat down. We were the 39th and 40th person in attendance. No anonymity in a church of 40. Heads turned. Seventy-six eyeballs locked on the two strangers, er, visitors. That's OK if someone takes time to speak, which they did. When I read in the bulletin that they were doing their children's play for the 11 am service, I sought out the pastor and explained that we would leave but would come back on another Sunday when he was preaching. We will return.
About a mile up the road is another Baptist church, this one is of the independant persuasion. We arrived after the service started but found a comfortable seat (no pews here, they have a brand spanking new building) on the back row.
This average-sized church, 130 or so, was saying goodbye to their longtime music minister. The brother was not only singing and leading but has been asked to preach. He preached better than most any other music minister I've ever heard (a small number to be sure).
He had obviously been hanging around Baptist preacher types long enough to have been infected with the alliteration virus - two main points, six sub-points, and nine sub-sub points. Alas. And why? At least the alliteration bore some resemblance to the text he used, a trait sometimes lost with experienced SBC pastors who have a fetish for alliteration. He did a good job, although he did decry how churches are cancelling services on Sunday nights, blah blah blah. I've rather enjoyed a stretch of no Sunday PM churchgoing.
The score for Plodder is: Five Sunday morning church services, zero pastors preaching a message. I'm betting on zero-for-six after next Sunday, Christmas day. Go figure.
Worthy of note: If I turn left out of my driveway and go three miles, I will have passed three Baptist churches...and I live in the country. They say there is greater need for pastors and churches elsewhere in the world.
But hey, I did score a personal invitation to one of the megachurches not too far away. Will hit the mega in 2012.