Church Experience #16 – April 24, 2011 – Easter Sunday
St. Jude Catholic Church
A Personal Challenge
First of all, let me take a moment and acknowledge and thank my Lord God for how much He has blessed me this year. I’m amazed at how much increase God gives to your faith, wisdom, and love, when you find new ways to serve Him and dedicate more of your time and focus to His Word. The ChurchSurfer project has already brought major blessings to my spiritual walk, and whether or not people read or like this blog, the benefits of holding myself to the commitment of visiting 50 different churches this year are mind-blowing. God is good, all the time, amen. So for Easter this year I decided to challenge myself a little bit by skipping (or should I say hopping?) the Easter church service that is so meaningful to us as (Protestant) Christians, and instead opt for a Catholic church service. Why is this challenging? Because going into the experience, I already know that as a non-Catholic I am not welcome to take Holy Communion at a Catholic church, nor do I agree with most of their doctrinal beliefs, which makes it particularly hard on such a significant day as Easter. So why even go to a Catholic church? Because I also know that like all Christian sects and denominations, there are true believers with a heart for Jesus inside the Catholic faith. What will be the big challenge? Trying to remain focused on the point of my blog, which is “Experiencing God through People”, and not falling into a rant session on the differences in doctrinal beliefs, which is so tempting with a subject matter that is at the core of your very being. What will be the outcome? Let’s find out (and I’m more than a little nervous)…
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