June 29, 2009

Church Experiment #26: Duck Methodist Church

I found one of my favorite churches this week.

As I mentioned last week, Liz and I traveled home from North Carolina on Sunday, so in order to make the trip less stressful, I decided this week’s church visit would happen Wednesday night at Duck Methodist Church (www.duckchurch.org) in the Outer Banks.

And what a night!

The service can be broken into three distinct parts: The music, the message, and the details. Let’s get the details out of the way.

I originally chose Duck Methodist because their building is on the sound (sorta like being on the beach), and I thought we might get a glimpse of the sunset as we worshipped. Unfortunately, they didn’t use their main sanctuary (which Liz and I snuck into after the service; very cool room). Instead, the Wednesday evening service took place in a rec room type of area.

We were greeted outside by the pastor and inside by an official greeter. Both men were very friendly. Immediately, I could tell the atmosphere was much more laid back than what I am used to. Maybe that had something to do with being in a vacation spot; maybe it was simply the nature of a midweek service. Either way, I loved it.

To finish reading about this experience or any of the reflections from my 52 visits, please purchase the full book here.


Nick said...

Wow Steve, those line about fairness and our relationship with God is so profound, and just what I needed to hear!

I love your ability to write and communicate so clearly, this has been a very interesting journey so far (oh and you're still welcome to come visit Churches in the UK - maybe you should do a Church Experiement World Tour...)


p.s. first comment hurrah!

Anonymous said...

Somehow...I just can imagine Jesus laughing...probably not all of that dour reformed influence has been purged from me. Hey Steve, you haven't visited the typical kind of Baptist church that so many of us grew up in...you know, the small friendly community church, usually run by two or three families that have been there forever (and usually run off the pastor every few years!) You may even get invited over for lunch. Deano

Jamie said...

Third Day is amazing.

I think they had a good idea to use well known songs during praise and worship, but it does sound cheesy when the words are changed.

Glad you had a good time on vacation!

Lydia said...


JR & Heidi said...

I came across your blog in a round-about way and I am glad that I did. I have been blessed by reading your reflections and think that your experiment is an amazing undertaking. I know not much at all about you personally but what a legacy that you will be able to share and leave with your family someday. If you published this somehow, I would buy it! Heidi S., OHIO

wendymhall said...

I havn't seen the picture of laughing Jesus for a really long time! Thanks for posting that :)

Mark & Amy said...

I have really appreciated reading about your experiences at these churches. Some things you have experienced have touched me in some way. I think you should definitely publish this - I would buy it as well!

And I love what you wrote about Michael Jackson. I felt the same. Regardless of what he did/did not do on this Earth all I hope for him is that he was right in his heart and spirit with God and that he is now resting with Him.

bshawise said...

i'm nervous you're going to crash blogger's word limit by the time you get to week 40.

Anonymous said...

I don't usually put blogs on "save as new" but 3 out of 4 of your last posts have deserved that award. I want to read this post over and over again, just to reabsorb the truth. Thank you for what you are doing and for this post.

Jamie said...

I have never, ever, seen a laughing Jesus.. and the bakery goods thing..I would have silently giggled myself out of the seat.. lol.

I'm glad you got out in Nature at Jesus U. That's how I do worship... on my own out in the swamps. As a result I see god everywhere all the time.

pjarmada said...

Re: Laughing Jesus. On the one hand, we don't want to have a Docetic Jesus. That's too high a Christology. On the other hand, we need to be careful not to reduce Jesus to "Happy-fun-time-feel-good-Jesus" who always "loves me", never challenges me and is manifested only in emotional highs.

No skull has ever been unearthed from 1st century Palestine belonging to someone who had a full set of teeth. Remember that when you see smiling Jesus. People walked everywhere in the desert heat; they smelled bad. Jesus was an obscure, peasant carpenter; not a celebrity, not a white European. When we realize that Christ was no celebrity; that, to quote Anasthasius, "God became man so that man could become God." then we'll realize He is the center of history. He is in the poor, the forgotten, the bum on the corner,and even all those brown people so many seem to have a problem with. If your Christianity isn't challenging you, something's wrong.

DanThoms said...

I would have to disagree with pjarmada about Jesus not being a celebrity. Even though it was not Jesus' intention to be a celebrity he did in fact have celebrity status during his ministry. He was followed by thousands, had to hide from the crowds, and when he was taken to the king the king was happy because he too had heard of Jesus.

samarahuel said...

No lengthy thoughts today, just this: that picture is creepy.

Anonymous said...

umm... You have not lived until you have been to our church to hear Amazing Grace sung to the tune of the Eagle's, Peaceful, Easy Feeling. All in All it's kinda cool, but I will never get the lyrics (with a little twang please) " I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight" from the original, out of my head enough praise God with it.

It also reminds me of when I was a little kid and my dad would sing Amazing Grace to the tune of House of the Rising Sun. Seriously, You can sing Amazing Grace to any tune.

I really do enjoy reading about your experiment. I've been following it from the beginning.