As some of you know, our family travels the US in a RV and we visit many different churches. Our goal is to get our kids exposed to gospel-preaching churches of various size, in different cultures and even those who have different doctrines (as long as the gospel is present).
The two-hour service began at 10am. The first hour was acapella singing with a special speaker from NJ talking about recovery from Sandy. Also, communion was interspersed between two segments of the speaker's comments. Acapella because this particular Church of Christ has ZERO instruments. The singing was amazing.
The second hour was more singing but mainly a message. Very good. Used the Bible (yes, not all churches have on our trip)
Oh yeah... did we see Duck Dynasty? Certainly. A couple of people went up to Jase to get their pictures right before the service began. Tacky, tacky, tacky. We saw the whole clan (minus Phil and Si). The kid was Happy... happy... happy, but Jase was courteous.
Jase's wife is an awesome singer. Yes. They dress the way they do on the show. Willie baptized a young 20 something. They drive the trucks that are on the show.
The invitation was handled very well. One invite, no special pleading or extended prayer to manipulate people. There was a simple invite. A flood of people went forward and a whole crew of the church (elders/counselors) met the individuals in the front. They shared the various reasons with the whole congregation and expressed ways the congregation could help. Then they all prayed over each person.
Did we approach them? Nope. It is church! We were there for God's sake, not our own. The church was not a mega church. There was plenty of opportunity for us to meet them, but Hey! that would not be appropriate!
Oh yeah... Mountain Man is younger than he looks on TV.