picture this would you?........
A room filled with people of all ages and walks of life, wearing their comfiest clothes, sitting on the floor, in bean bags or chairs, children scattered from one side to another, laughing and playing, the raw sounds of a guitar and the alluring sounds of the drum, voices combined together in song, lifting up praise to our Saviour, Lord God almighty. Can you see it? Can you feel the atmosphere?
I sit amongst it, wearing no shoes, my thongs are kicked off beside me, I'm comfortable in what I am wearing. Dan sits close beside me as we sit on the floor amongst others, some whom are on beanbags, others join us on the floor, some sit on chairs. Emery sits on my lap and watches everyone around, occasionally greeting them with a noise, no-one worries about her making noise, rather they embrace it. We sing songs together with this community we live in, all our voices joining, the music is simple - a guitar and a drum. It makes me smile, because of the simplicity. As we lift our voices, I'm overwhelmed by the love of God and the fact that he loves that we come before him in so many ways, he takes us as we are, right where we are. We do not need big bands or services. The time spent together although it has been planned, there is freedom. We read the Bible whilst some act it out, which brings great laughter then discuss it as we focus on others rather than ourselves which is so often done. As the discussion fills the room, so does the food with sweet treats being passed from group to group. There is laughter heard, encouragement shared and a common interest of sharing God's love to those around us.
This was Church. This was a community of believers coming before him in worship. This was our community today.