|The Rain won't keep Jim away from Church!|
Thursday was a busy day! Since I was on Vacation, I could actually go to the Ascension Liturgy which was at 9:30am. It was a rainy morning but that didn't stop my friend, Jim Martin from arriving on his motor cycle. I must say that it is impressive that sometimes rain keeps people from Church who have cars, it doesn't stop Jim who only has his motorcycle.
I arrived just at 9:30 and Reader John was just finishing up with the Hours.
The Liturgy was beautiful as always and, even though, with my short attention span, I am constantly fighting distraction, I am always brought back in. It is a good thing to Worship, knowing the communion of Saints and the angels make it more than just our small group on a Thursday morning. After Liturgy, they had coffee hour which I could not stay for because I had to go up to New York to visit my brother. (Jim told me later that he actually spent an hour and a half at coffee hour. Good for him!)
My brother Joe had been going through some personal difficulties and the upshot of it, as does sometimes happen in a time of crisis, he returned to Christ. I, of course, had to support him in that and I wanted to visit with him and attend his church with him. (Most protestant churches who have midweek services have it on a Wednesday but my brother's Church has it on a Thursday which is good for him because of his work schedule.)
After the service we hung out a bit and, in conversation, the pastor continued his lament. I didn't want to start an argument about the King James Version verses the original Greek, partly because I was tired, partly I thought it would be rude and partly because I didn't want to discourage my brother in his return to church. (My brother has been IFB since the 1980's so I guess it's natural for him to return to what he knew). I can say that if my present protestant congregation was anything like what went to with my brother, I'd be out of there in a heartbeat!
I am writing this on Sunday Morning and I might as well mention that last night I went to Vespers. I really love Vespers. I love that worship is mostly straight out of the Bible. As much as many protestant churches complain that the Orthodox are "too catholic", I can say I hear more Bible in one service than I hear in half a year of protestant services. We use the hymn book of the early church, the Psalms and that is just right!
I know that many of you may be thinking, when are you going to "take the plunge" and join the Church....Keep me in your prayers is all I can say.