Several months ago I had a phone conversation with a dear relative of mine. My relative and I were reminiscing about things from our home church. It was mentioned that they pined for those days again.
You see, the place I considered my home church sat on a country lot with tall poplar trees lined the edge of the property. It was not fancy for most of my childhood they was no running water within the walls. At maximum it would seat maybe sixty or a little less. On the front left of the sanctuary sat an old upright piano, out of tune and was only played when a guest would visit that knew how to play, much to the grumblings of my grandfather about it. Grandpa was the only musician, a self taught guitar player for the small and unassuming congregation.
We considered ourselves to be “Pentecostal” in doctrine but with no one umbrella that were our over-seers. We went through many different variations of preachers and teachers over the years. Until a man became a constant with us and he was picked to be the pastor of a congregation with limited means.
Yes, we were those “Pentecostals” that you hear much about, but, not to be mistaken for those who claim power over “snakes”. Talking in tongues, prophecy, and all manifestations of the “gifts of the spirit”. These were all I knew growing up and throughout my teenage life.
Come Sunday night everyone would dress for church. No, the ladies did not bring out of their closets mink coats, or wear diamonds around their neck, but yet you knew these were not their every day wear. The same with the men, the pastor wore a suit and the men that had one. We always had respect for those who would step behind the pulpit, sometimes we would call the “brother” so and so, or “pastor”, but never once did we think of using their first name.
Then There Was the Music
For awhile my family moved quite a bit and sometimes my mom and dad would take us to different churches when we lived a distance from the home church. In all those years we learned the tried and tested “hymns” of the church, mix in some choruses, and of course the Anointing of the Spirit of God.