Friday, December 24, 2010
Colin chose the church for us tonight--a nondenominational one with rock music, many AV screens for streaming, rotating kleig lights, and piped in mist or smoke. The message was a traditional one, and I tried to put my mind in a worshipful frame, telling myself God appreciates differing forms of worship--something I truly believe. But, later, when pressed, I said it was not the way I prefer to worship, having been raised in the Methodist and Prebyterian churches and attending the Christian Church these days. I did find an echo of the Calvinist emphasis on the sinfulness of man's nature. It strikes me as ironic that generally people at non-denominational churches are those disenchanted with traditional Protestantism and yet they're hearing the oldest form of that branch of Christianity. Colin however heard a different message.
We came home to eat chicken and pork tamales from Pappasito's--delicious!
My wish for each of you is a happy holiday. For those who celebrate Christmas, may your day be filled with joyful gratitude, plenty of presents, and lots of love.