But I did eventually get there. And I happen to approach the back side of the church, as I was walking up to it.
I really enjoyed the decorations. It all felt very festive.
Everyone was singing when I walked in. So I sat in the back and proceeded to find my place. I noticed that some one was chiming a hand bell to try to keep the church singing in time. It worked.... sort of .
As for the population, it was your standard 40-50 people, mostly causation and mostly in the 55-70 year old range. Or at-least at this service, there was another one earlier in the day but, I have no idea what the demographics of that one was like. And, yes sometimes the population that attends a 9 am service can be completely different from the ones that attends an 11 am service.
In-fact today was all about the bells. They had all the Children come up to the front of the Church for the kids message. They received an intro to what a hand bell is. And got a little history on the use of church bells, and how they were used let people know what day was Sunday, and when it was time to come to Church. They gave the kids some jingle bells to rattle. And after that brief moment of satisfaction, the children all returned to their seats.
Today was the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
The church leader started off with telling us a story of the far north. And how the remote some parts of our territories are. And the deep, deep, silence that comes with it. We were told that the smallest noise would carry unbelievable distances, uninterrupted. On a regular basis, a mail plane would arrive in the town, and that plane would be heard a long time before it could actually been seen by the naked eye. He told us that, that is what he envisions when he thinks of the message of the profits and the coming of Christ. As something that can be heard well before it arrives.
I took a moment to notice one of the glass panels, and I found it very interesting. Did you know that some of the disciples have animal associated with them?
I am very happy to say that today's sermon was in favor of teens. There is only one other service I can remember at this point, that had a message that supported the needs and concerns of adolescence.
The church leader explained how he worked with a group of teens and often participates in trips and activities involved with this group. As we all know most teens are deeply into music and some live and breath it. He mentioned that a lot of people out there (especially older people) feel there is no good music being produced now a days. This is not something new, and there is actually evidence that us as people actually do quit developing a interest in new music after a certain age. Check out the Link!
You stop listening to new music at age 33, earlier for parents, study finds
There was a brief mention of "ear worms"
aka. Songs that you get stuck in your head for no apparent reason.
He church leader mentioned his was the "imperial march." From Star Wars.
What I really love is how he came to the realization that, these young people, are listening to these songs because the message in them. This message is something that resonates with them. And when he stopped listening with "critical ears" he realized that this music is indeed "real", and provided a lot of insight into the minds and hearts of these young people. Young people that he has made a commitment to help and support.
At this realization I am sure he felt some degree of distress. He proclaimed;
"Do I have my head so far in the clouds?!!!"
Sad to say, I feel that most of the seniors that he were trying to explain the message to didn't really take it seriously, and laughed him off. This I think is a great shame.
Being some one who is smack in the middle of the of the Millennial generation. (people born between roughly the early 1980's to early 2000's.) I feel the weight of this "generational conflict." And all of the frustration and disconnect that comes from it. It is not fun. It truly is not.
But I do feel the flaring anger and disconnect is not helping anything. It really doesn't. Has it ever?
But I do have hope that there can be better communication and even co-operation between generations to help make everyone lives better.
I think the film "The Intern." touches on this idea.
"If you don't hear anything good on the radio, are you actually listening? "
Near the end of the service the church leaders youngest son comes running up to him (2 years old)? . So he picks him up and holds him in one arm while finishing the service. I am not sure if that is an unusual sight for some. But I grew up knowing a priest who had a a very attached little boy, whom he would have to hold for half the service some days.
After the service was over I had some time to talk to the church leader, he was even kind enough to let me take his picture and show off his robes.Which were home-made just for him, as a gift from his sister.
ps. The lettering you see in Hebrew is Gods name.
So this is your look inside.....
Not a bad church over all. I went down stairs afterwords for some cookies and tea. And had some opportunists for some friendly conversation. And then I was on my way.
*crunch, crunch, crunch, ICE......! crunch, crunch, crunch........