Have you ever had one of those moments where you realize things you once thought to be one way, to find out you were pleasantly mistaken? You cock your head back a touch with a slightly happy confusion and say “huh”. It’s so hard to capture that feeling in words. So I had to explain my title before I shared with you my experience.
So as you might have guessed, I went to church at the Harvest Barn Church in East Jordan this past Sunday. Something I haven’t done since 2007. Even then, I went for the same reason I went this last time. To watch my sons perform in the church band. Adam is an incredible singer and Allen is a very talented drummer. The whole band is very good, as well as the music. Perhaps a bit drawn out at times when they repeated the choruses over and over. Still good and very enjoyable as they play Christian Rock songs or adding a Rock & Roll feel to the hymns.
If you’re a long time reader, you know I’m not big on Churches or Religion in general. It’s not that I don’t believe in God, because in fact I do. It’s just that after having been a Seventh Day Adventist, a Mormon and visiting a few other churches in years gone by. Many religions make me question them. Plus the whole questions I pose to them get a lot of song and dance routines that really make me wonder of their validity. Though don’t get me wrong, I’m not signing up to this one. At least not yet. Remember, I took the tour of Jesus Christ and still I have a lot of unanswered questions.
This time, things weren’t as I remember them. As far as what they did there. I think it’s because back then, I was so focused on not being drawn in, that I didn’t actually pay attention. Embarrassed to say, things I once thought are not true. It was a fairly fun experience. Pastor Kimon Criner was incredibly entertaining and informative. His wife, Pastor Bridgette Criner, is also a very welcoming and friendly person. The whole church is actually. I didn’t feel unwelcome by anyone.
I’ll likely go back from time to time to watch the boys perform, and even let a little spirit fill my soul. I can honestly say I think I felt some this past Sunday. Not quite sure how I feel about that yet.
Oh and to Pastor Kimon Criner, thanks for the dinner idea last Sunday. The Goulash was delicious 😀
That said, here’s a Christian Rock Band I love. Guardian