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.
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.