What do I have?
This was the first Sunday since 49 of us went to Memphis. We wanted to share what we experienced in Memphis, but not all at once.
So here is what happened.
One of the norms we wanted to change at Judson was starting on time. Folk meander in when they meander in. Which means the first part of the service is always lacking energy. So we asked everyone to be on time, and they were!
We started with the ringing of a singing bowl/bell. Everyone got quiet, found their seats, then we jumped in with a medley of Spirituals (Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and There Is a Balm in Gilead). It was amazing, I couldn't believe how it altered the way we started the service.
A little later we asked the question: Where this week did you (or did not) experience the presence of God? For 90 seconds one person spoke and the other listened, then we switched. Amazing again.
Then we formed a Baptist shape (ovalish-squarish-circle) and sand Lean on Me.
No foolin' that really happened last Sunday.