As I was very tired from my night out I decided to go to our town’s poshest church rather than make the trip to my own church this evening.
Very beautiful surroundings and wonderful choir, good sermon, but strange to be there.
This posh church’s ethos is extremely liberal – which is my 1970’s upbringing background. It’s all gay vicars and seminars on transgender issues. But the hierarchical nature of the service, the Us and Them aspect (congregation v clergy), the formality, is now alien to me, yet this is what I grew up with.
At my usual church services anyone can pray out loud, singing is done by all of us and we sing a LOT! Sermons, a.k.a. the message, are chatty, funny, moving. But gay vicars are a big no-no. It’s a fundamental church, in effect, though with kindly pastoral care rather than punishing.
Sometimes trying new things can be a disappointment. But it does stretch you and also makes you appreciate what you have already.