Beautiful grace, these are the words that come to mind when I think about church this evening. Tonight I found God again in a well known night club in downtown Los Angeles. Church shopping has never been a favorite thing for me, so often it is awakard and weird because of being highlighted as the vistor. When I moved down I got a list of churches from friends to check out and try, one of these churches was Mosaic. I knew that it was more in the emergent vain similar to churches like Imago Dei in Portland, Fremont Abby & Church of the Beloved in Seattle, and Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids. In all honesty I had been trying to avoid going to one of the trendy churches but today because my dear best friend was sacked by illness I figured I would give it a try. To prepare and get a taste for the church I spent a few hours last night listening to sermon podcasts from the church. And just listening to these messages my heart was excited.
So this morning I decided that I would check out the service closest to me in Whitter before I went to a job interview this afternoon. I was so proud of my self getting up and out of the house to get to church. So with my map quest directions in tow, yes I totally need a gps badly, I set out to get to church in the 20 minutes google said it would take for me to get there. Only it didn't it took me an hour and a half to get there by which time church was over. Now at this point I could have given up and just tried another time but for whatever reason I felt compelled to go to church today. So I decided that I would try one of the evening services after my interview. In the end I decided that I would hit the first downtown evening service because the two pastors that listened to last night both preach at this service.
Anyway I got there directions in hand..and it was great. There was someone painting off to the side during the service and the music was good a little rock concert but good. In that moment I realized it is ok, because we are the generation that finds God in the concerts and movies and books what have you and it is good for a church to see where God is speaking not forcing God to be where we think God should be. Ok back to the service, it was like every aspect of the service was speaking to me...something that hadn't happened at the last few churches I have been to. The message was out of 1 John and the idea of becoming light it went beyond that, he spoke of light meaning that we are translucent light shining out from us. That when we are connected to God and bearing that light brighter as we are more connected to God and others. It was beautiful and I was drawn back to God. And next week I will go again.
This move has been so good for me, a continuing space for me to learn to trust. On of the little gems in the service tonight was this "faith draws us into the light" when he said this it was like being hit in the face by the Holy Spirit..."this is what I have been saying to you all week".