Christian Church Service Experience
I have always felt deficient in a way because I do not have a religious upbringing. I lacked any experience in religion or church experience, until this past week when I went to my very first Christian church service, or any religious service for that matter. As I walked up the sidewalk to enter Suncoast Worship Center, fear overtook my conscious and I could feel my throat start to close. I had not even been aware that I was nervous, let alone scared. I suddenly realized that I had a lot of negative, preconceived ideas about church services. The only thing about church that I knew was what I had seen on television. I resolved to enter the church with an honest heart, an open mind, and with the motive try something new, while trying to enjoy myself. I thought I knew what it would be like, but the longer I stayed, the more I realized how little I knew.
Considering that I have no experience with church attendance, I looked online to see what might appeal to me. I decided to attend a Saturday evening service at Suncoast Worship Center. First, I looked at their website and researched what the church’s beliefs are. I discovered they believe in one God; namely in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They hold true that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, and was raised to Heaven. I was familiar with these beliefs and felt I could even be open to their belief in speaking in tongues. Although, I was not exactly sure what that meant.
I was surprised at how few the number of attendee’s where. I thought church services were largely attended. The church building was fairly large but it did not look like I thought a church would look like. There was no steeple, no stained glass, and no bells chiming. I was well received by the greeters at the door, as well by fellow parishioners; I must have stuck out as much as I thought I would. All in attendance seemed joyful to be there and were eager to worship their god. I...
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