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Like a Family Reunion?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in blog links, edification, gathering | 3 comments

Like a Family Reunion?

Sol at “Looking for Church” has been thinking about church in his post “Update #6.” He writes:

I’ve been thinking about the church, and I’ve been trying to back it up in my mind where we only get together, period. No bible study, no time for prayer, no “worship” schedule. I picture Thanksgiving with the family. People talking over here, people laughing over there, people praying in the back. And then defining the assembly as that, just a family gathering. Can’t each one bring a teaching, a song, a prayer in this scenario? Everyone is there to edify one another.

When the church gathers together, does the meeting have to be scheduled (whether that schedule is published or by habit)? Does everyone have to do the same thing at the same time, listen to the same person/people at the same time, sing the same songs at the same time?

Or, can the church meet together as Sol describers?

What do you think?

(By the way, while you’re at Sol’s blog, don’t miss his latest post, “Despair.”)


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  1. 10-15-2010


    The way I see how and when we meet is as the Lord wills, and the Lord leads. For some a schedule is nescessary, but for others it isn’t. That is what is so great about meeting organically.
    It doesn’t have to be mechanical.

    As I had wrote to a group we used to meet with in the past, I see the meeting times like a wedding feast. A time where we can all share, whether it be our hurts, praises or wisdom as the Lord gives.
    When the Lord is in control they don’t always begin the same way nor end the same way.
    That is to His glory.
    On a side note, today I was just thinking that I have really come to enjoy meeting the way our group does on Saturdays more than I have ever liked the way we used to in the traditional way.
    Our time of fellowship has truly become His time.


  2. 10-15-2010

    We’ve had gatherings like the ones described, where we are in different rooms doing different things. We are building each other up, which is what we’re supposed to do.

  3. 10-16-2010

    Steven and Fred,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. We meet in different ways as well. Some are planned; some are not. All are important, and everything should be done to build up one another whenever and wherever we get together… (even last night at the coffee shop with us and one other couple).