doing church

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our church was invited to join a neighboring church
(newly an official mennonite congregation!)
in their 3rd anniversary celebration.

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we drove to a county park a few miles out of town and did church.  
church that was loud and boisterous,
mingled with communion for all and a lake deep baptism,  
topped off with soda and cupcakes.

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there was so much that felt deeply familiar to me
while at the same time like stepping gratefully into another world.

my head spun with hearing a once more familiar language.  
there was translation provided for us
which helped fill in the middle of every sentence.

this dear community demonstrated a faith rooted in hope.  
rooted in the experience that sometimes faith is all we may have.

my faith has most often been a luxurious choice.  
i’ve spent most of my life in a place of privilege and safety.  
that makes the mystery of god wider and wider again.

thank you, iglesia menonita casa betania, for welcoming us
into your celebration of god’s wideness.

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