Sunday, December 8, 2013

Faith {with a layout}

Faith has always been important to me.

I grew up in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and loved the community. As I got older, I desired a more contemporary style of church and to be around folks my own age. So for the past 14 years, I've double dipped. :) 

My hometown church is amazing. The fellowship, worship and pastoral staff are right on point with what I believe and every time I went to scripture to compare what was preached, I felt peace.

When I moved to Chicago, I realized I was wanting to replicate that church family. The reality is... that can't be done. I did find a wonderful church but, for reasons I won't air out on this post today, I just never truly felt like I fit in. Suddenly, I felt this longing for my LCMS roots again. I missed the liturgy... the hymns... the community... the traditional services... the boldness to speak truth. 

And I found one! A beautiful church and a beautiful congregation. I'm really looking forward to getting more involved with this church. It brings my heart joy attending service. I come with a new perspective. One that comes from the faith that has grown over the years. A perspective that would have me reading prayers and such with new eyes. Like today, I teared up reciting the Apostle's Creed. Who does that???
And I remember, as a teen, I would concentrate so hard on singing the right tune, I missed out on the message of the hymn. Today, I actually paid attention to the words I was singing and, again, got misty. I LOVE that! God is moving in the LCMS church.

Supplies: Paper, Stickers: Crate Paper (Storyteller and Random Collections), Cardstock: Bazzill Paper Co., Tag (Sunday): Elle's Studio, Wood Embellishments: Studio Calico, Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Stamp ink: Colorbox, Bingo House Marker: Maya Road, Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo, Other: bling

Do you find comfort in practicing faith? I'd love to share more of mine with you!

Thank you for swinging by!

1 comment:

S said...

That's a lovely page, Melissa. I popped over from Nicole's blogger profile, and when I scrolled through your old posts, this one caught my eye. I'm LCMS too, although I was raised Catholic. I related to your post in that it was just recently that I figured out that so many hymns are really prayers. I look forward to following your blog.