Just Say … Hello!

I’m the new kid on the block here, so a little introduction…

I’m a solo act from Massachusetts.  I moved to Phoenix in 1995 to go to school.  In July of 2001, someone who attended a different church, was singing at a single’s praise and worship night at Vineyard, and suggested I go.  I was familiar with Vineyard as one of my sisters was a member of Vineyard in Framingham, MA in the 80’s so I decided to go.   

Now there are two different ways of looking at my entrance to Vineyard.  The first is mine, and I remember that as soon as I set foot in the foyer, I knew that Vineyard would be my church home, and that I was going to be a part of it, and it was going to be a part of me (background music swells).  The second is a friend (now) who was giving out tickets for a free coffee drink, and remembers that before I went into the auditorium I wanted to know: Where do I go, who do I see about the coffee, is there assigned seating, what do I do when I go inside, do I pay for the food inside, how will I know where to go?  Yup, my story’s better.

The most surprising thing to me was that Vineyard was everything I wasn’t looking for in a church.  I wanted small, traditional, with hymns (organ preferred). Not big, contemporary with worship music (no organs insight).  I loved my church back home, and, like so many people, when I couldn’t get what I wanted, I opted for not attending at all.  I can’t have things my way so I’m not playing! 

Is this why we’re called the children of God?  I want to know what’s on the other side of the door.  I can’t get what I want.  I didn’t plan on staying in Phoenix when I first moved out here because it wasn’t what I wanted.

Hello God!

It’s not about what I wanted for myself, but what God wanted for me.  I became plugged in right away: greeting, singles, drama ministry, and classes.  I met people, people and more people.  I learned more about reading the Bible.  I learned more about Jesus in a way we never talked about back home.  I told Him about me.

I’ve got to tell you – this is much better than what I had planned.  I don’t remember what it was, but knowing what God has seen me through and how He has changed my life… 

Well, that goes beyond Hello.

Peace! 

Barbara

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