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Psalm 139 1-12, 23-24 (4:28)

by Jason Silver (played 2 times)

 

The last few months have been a challenge for me personally, and for many of us who attend a church in our village. Through a series of unfortunate events, and what amounts to essentially poor communication, we've been without a place to worship since September.

Those of you who have followed my channel for some time will know that a group of us have been trying to build a congregation from new believers and disillusioned former-churchgoers. We started "The Crossing" service about 6 years ago.

We embraced the liturgy, and the liturgical calendar of weekly scripture readings, but we used modern music and encouraged emotional engagement and expression.

There has been something really beautiful about the way God has worked among us.

Six years ago, we joined a local congregation, meeting in their church on Saturday nights. On the surface it may appear that we have lots in common: we're in the same building, we are using Anglican liturgy, and are led by an Anglican priest (when we have one- another story). We've helped raise lots of money to pay for the bills and expenses of such an old stone building. However, below the surface we worship in very different ways, and we seem to have a different understanding of what it means to live by faith than some of the people in the other group.

There have been a few people who have been very antagonistic toward us, and to me specifically. They've accused me (behind my back, of course) of being in it for personal self-interest, and they've been calling it "The Jason Silver Show." I've heard people are saying that I have no education or experience (certainly not true) and silly things like "I sell miracles and hugs online!" It's funny, kind of, but there is a real destructive force behind this movement to undermine the work of God.

I haven't wanted to talk about it much until now, because I don't want to get in the way of possible reconciliation. We are in the process of that restoration now, and I have hope for it to be much better when we come back.

Please pray for us, that we will exude love, grace, and tender compassion to all involved!

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