No matter where in the world we go,
Alan and I like to fellowship in some church on Sunday morning if possible. (If not, like we’re sitting in an airport or have no clue where there’s a church where they speak English, we watch our own church’s service online.) In most American communities, there are usually at least two churches:
the local catholic church and the local protestant church.
We are evangelical Christians (believing that people are saved by faith in Christ rather than by having enough “good works” to outbalance our “bad works” when we come to the judgment seat of God), and so we always look for a churchwhere we hope this “gospel” (good news) will be preached. (However, we did go to Notre Dame the last time we were in Paris, despite not knowing French or having much of a grip on the liturgy…at least we knew where it was!) At any rate, I always think it’s good for my soul to learn about how other congregations worship the Lord, and I also hope to be a blessing and encouragement to others as we share our faith together in corporate worship. On Mackinac Island, there are several beautiful, old churches. We were at a wedding held at St. Ann’s some years ago, which still makes me glow to remember. The last few times we’ve been on Mackinac Island, we’ve gone to the Mackinac Bible Church, which meets in the theater of Mission Point Resort. We arrived a bit early and just happened to sit next to a sweet-looking couple. Moments into our chatting with them, we discovered that Nancy (the wife) and I both graduated from Bob Jones University and that her husband (a Harvard graduate) is now working in finance at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where our son Jonathan and his family will soon be moving. This couple was so kind! Before (the very lively) service began, we exchanged emails, and they offered their home to Jon as a base for looking for housing, etc. etc. etc. Their gracious hospitality was totally overwhelming, and just knowing that there is a mature Christian couple in Chicago as a reference for them is so comforting (because—as a huge city with a bad reputation for crime—trying to find housing in Chicago will be a bit intimidating)! Thank you, Lord, for this very special blessing! Only You could orchestrate such an unlikely meeting, but that’s the sort of amazing God You are!(The majority of photos were taken on Mackinac Island, but I did intersperse some of cathedrals and basilicas from Europe, where we were visiting last week. I hope to start writing about that trip next week! This last amazing photo is more of Bob Hardee’s creative genius at work. God bless you!)