Dear Readers of World Religion Weekly,
Some time ago, I attended a church service at the Alive Covenant Church Poulsbo Chapter. Several of my closest friends are regular attendees of this church, and it was lovely be part of something that was so important to them. You can check out the church’s details here.
I entered the Sons of Norway building about half an hour before the service began. My early arrival gave me time to read through a few brochures and chat with my friend, Molly, as the church band practiced and tuned. The church offered breakfast options in a corner.
First came a Sunday School type discussion group. Children were separated into elementary school and below or middle and high school students. The instructor, a nice woman in Seahawks attire, split the crowded table of adolescents into boys and girls and gave a whiteboard to each. She instructed the group to list everything they had to do in a given week. The boys hotly debated everything, eventually presenting a list scrawled in every direction, listing everything from soccer to sleeping. Merry took charge of the girl’s list, organizing it by day, until a neatly written list of a ridiculous number of activities emerged ranging from lacrosse to jazz band to volunteering at an assisted living home. The instructor read Luke 10:38-42:
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
The instructor then advised the assorted middle and high school students to always make room for God in their schedule.
After this Sunday school lesson, the church band launched into a series of hymns. It was absolutely gorgeous. The entire Cockroft family, augmented by a few additional church members artfully executed a number of tastefully chosen hymns. The guitarist artfully avoided the dreaded “Christian Strum.”
Pastor Jagodzinske delivered a thoughtfully worded sermon, emphasizing the need to make room for God in each Christian’s individual schedule, interspersed with announcements regarding the church’s various activities. These ranged from encouraging individuals to go help with hurricane relief to describing the fun the church would have at their next retreat/parent-child bonding camp.
The entire church, including myself, lined up and took a communion of Sluy’s Bakery bread and Welsh’s grape juice. It was delicious, despite its representation of Jesus’s flesh and blood. The church concluded with an encouragement yo take a few Alive Covenant Church chip clips, and my church experience concluded with an interview with Darin Jagodzinske. While I conducted this interview, my property and person became festooned with these chip clips, artfully placed by the impish children of the Cockroft clan. Those little girls could be secret agents.
Thank you for reading World Religion Weekly,