the bloomington project

we had our first private worship today with our church plant: the bloomington project (we don’t have an actual title yet for our church).

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it was so exciting. after talking about worship for so long and meeting with these people over the length of 5 months, to actually get to worship side-by-side with our new community was overwhelmingly beautiful.

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the service was in an old room above the downtown subway–it smelled delicious.

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the gray, snow filled sky shown in from the abundant windows covering the western and southern walls. the Lord has created another beautiful thing. and i am so thankful for his providence.

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also, we found out today that our ruf pastor’s wife is pregnant. they already have three little girls. a new little one. God. is. too. good. thank you.

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last sunday, our church plant went north to indianapolis for church. since we are still small, we do not yet have our own worship service. therefore, we have been visiting other churches in the bloomington area (mainly one), but every 4th sunday we go up to redeemer, a presbyterian church for worship.

it was so great to go up to redeemer. i miss the routine of a pca (presbyterian church of america) worship service: the hymns, confession, doxology, benediction, communion, etc. in bloomington, we do not get the rich traditions of the presbyterian service. i really miss the worship team that we had back at our old church in lincoln (especially the banjo and paul’s choice of music!!!!!–the link for his new worship album: http://noisetrade.com/thesilverpages).

there is something also very moving in confessing your sins silently with a whole congregation on their knees. it used to be a time when i was small, where you would sneak peaks at everyone else and try not to catch your tights on the rough wooden floors. but now it is a time of spiritual reflection. taking weekly communion is too something i very much miss. i cannot wait for our church to reach enough congregants (around 50 or so) so that these things my heart longs for can become part of my routine again.

redeemer church in indi is beautiful. it’s attached to another building that is for local artists to show their work. it was built around 1904. since then, it did fall into disrepair. so much so that the city removed one of the main stained glass panels to the history museum: a tiffany made stained glass window of an angel. i cannot imagine how glorious it must have been then. the other stain glass in the church is exceptionally lovely.

after church, we went out for pizza. our group split for home and for meandering around the city.

our group meandered.

i would not mind moving to indianapolis. one afternoon, on its streets were not enough. i have let matt know i could easily spend a weekend there. it is beautiful in every way–not chicago by any means, but it still holds some grandeur and delightful downtown eating and shopping venues.