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I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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07/13/2016

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AmyRyb

I mentioned in a previous comment that the church I grew up in was a bit...old school. And I totally relate to the Peter Kreeft quote above. In this case it was a Lutheran church, but it was very traditional and while they would never *admit* this, it was very close to the Catholic church in behavior. Liturgy, ritual, etc. And while we did read the Bible (though we were never Bible bringers on Sundays--they were in the pews), there was definitely a "personal relationship" communication missing. I learned all of that stuff in college and it blew my mind. I realized then that all of the denominational differences that we nitpicked in religion class--while good to know--did not change our relationships as believers in the one true God. Why should I let something like the real presence (calling it body and blood vs. admitting it's just bread and grape juice (where's the wine?!)) get in the way of worshipping the same God together? It just didn't make sense to me once I saw it in action. We had one Catholic in our group, and I loved talking to him about his experiences. But he definitely was in the minority with a lot of stuff among the rest of us Protestants...but he handled it great.

And then there's my college church (which was Baptist) and my current church (Lutheran) that both moved away (but didn't necessarily disassociate) from their denomination to give out a community church vibe. There's definitely an identity risk there, but I do think it opens doors. People that identify with labels often cling to them, but people that don't can find them very off-putting. And if we're trying to reach people for Christ, we should just be secure in our own beliefs and as a church body aim for things that will bring new followers to Christ, whatever they may be (within reason, of course).

el-e-e

YES to your post and YES to AMYRYB's comment! I'm with you. Hold my hand! I need all the support I can get. I think we all do. :)

steph

I really like everything you write! :)

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