Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Searching for Sunday" Lenten Devotional Series: The Difference is Worth the Distance

Thursday, March 10
The Difference is Worth the Distance

Enter his gates with Thanksgiving in my heart and His courts with praise.Psalm 100:4

As Mary and I searched for a church near our house in Reunion, a suburb on the northeast side of Commerce City, we met a couple, Ronald and Margaret Graham, in the neighborhood and they were also looking. Our spiritual expectations and needs were almost identical so we teamed up and searched together becoming great friends in the process.

We visited a variety of sizes and denominations of churches but did not feel we had found it after several months of looking. Mary and I attended Trinity’s Christmas Eve service in 2014 and were awestruck by the music ministry of the church. Just entering the historical building is a worship experience. The congregation was friendly and welcoming. But, we live 20 miles from downtown Denver.

We told our friends about the church and all agreed to attend worship. The greeters and members we met on the way to the service were friendly and made us feel wanted and welcome. The music did not disappoint and we sang hymns from the hymnal. We learned a bit about this oldest church in Denver, formed when Abraham Lincoln was president and the beautiful historic stone building. If it were only closer, this would be hard to pass up.

After the service we met Pastor Michael Dent who welcomed us warmly. He encouraged us to come again but I told him where we lived and the miles would make it difficult. With a warm smile he said, “But the difference is worth the distance." We agreed and have been attending ever since. We are always blessed by the messages, the music, the mission support and the wonderful spirit of love and inclusiveness by the congregation.

Mary and Larry Baker
Ronald and Margaret Graham

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