Friday, September 18, 2020

I'm a church fan

I'm one of those geeky people who look up the meanings of any word I am discussing.

Today, the topic is "church." Here are two sources discussing "ecclesia," a Greek word often translated church. 

Ecclesia, Greek EkklÄ“sia, (“gathering of those summoned”), in ancient Greece, assembly of citizens in a city-state. (Brittanica

Ecclesia - a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): - assembly, church. (Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionaries)

I've got tons to say about the church, but today I'm going to limit myself to 5 minutes, and leave the rest for another day:

I'm a church fan. I always have been.

In my earliest days, I was carried into the church building to be held on my mother's lap during preaching. All these years later, I end my work day by locking up the church and setting the alarm. Every week in between babyhood and now, I've been at the church, either worshiping or working.

My family at our home church

My earliest memory is of learning the song, "Behold, Behold, I stand at the door and knock, knock, knock" in children's church in the basement of our church. We would turn around and knock on the metal folding chairs and sing loudly at the top of our voices.

I even saw my husband for the first time at the church. 

But although my life might revolve around a building, I totally realize the church is not a building; it's just where I go to "see" the church. The church is the people.

Co Co Rona 2020 made such an impact on me since I've not been able to see my people. Oh, yeah, after some weeks, we re-opened in a careful, social-distancing way; but it's not the same, talking through masks and not hugging.

Here's the thing: I can't let my love of church and all the rhythms and practices of church life be greater than my love for the Master. Even when I have to worship online, I can still nestle at His feet and learn from Him. Sometimes ... you get more out of solitude and listening then you do in a crowd of people.

Yes, I'm a church fan, but I'm even more a fan of my friend Jesus.


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  1. I enjoyed the definitions of church that you looked up. Like you, I love to be with other believers. The people are the church and we can pray for an end to the pandemic and the restrictions. Have a blessed weekend. I'm visiting from #FMF

  2. I love definitions too! So thankful that God is not limited by any of this.

  3. "Yes, I'm a church fan, but I'm even more a fan of my friend Jesus."

    I couldn't have said it better myself!!

    Amie, FMF #15

  4. I get what you are saying here with being a fan of Jesus and having online time of fellowship with him, but I just couldn't get into the online experience at all. We finally left the church we were going to who hadn't reopened yet (and won't until October 25th) to go to a church that had reopened and done it safely. No hugging is encouraged and of course masks being worn but it is something to be with fellow believers worshiping together :)


  5. Hi Jerri! I'm also a church fan, and also a bigger fan of Jesus. Visiting from FMF#25 and so happy to reconnect with you!

  6. We have been fortunate to be able to meet and sing and sometimes hug. Like you I grew up in church. There aren't many times that we've not gone to church. It's good to be in the Body of Christ. Hope you have a good weekend.

  7. nicely said. Good to be a fan of Jesus isn't it? Visiting from FMF26

  8. YOu and I are much alike. I was at church the first Sunday after my birth and every Sunday since if not ill. I also met my husband at church.

    OH how I miss the gathering together of my Christian friends, but I am also seeing many wonderful things happening in the body of Christ during this pandemic. Praise the Lord!

  9. I love going to church too, but as you said, it's more important to be a fan of Jesus than a fan of church. We can end up worshiping church more than we worship Him if we're not mindful.

    Thanks for visiting me at Clothed with Joy.

  10. Such a great message. All the social benefits are an addition to the true purpose and blessing of worship. Thank you for sharing! Visiting today from the instaencouragements link up. Have a beautiful week!

  11. I am a church fan too! My favorite song was "I'll fly away"...visiting from let's have coffee link up!


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