Changing planes

Sometimes I wonder if I would be better off staying at home with my Bible, a theology textbook, and a pot of tea than going to church. I would surely learn more. Anyhow, I know it’s time to change churches when I spend the entirety of the service thinking up metaphors for how agonizingly dull it is. (My favorite was the image of a sweater unraveling. Slowly. Loop by loop.)

Anyway, I’ve been going to this church for about six months, which, if we are to follow my pattern of church hopping in Oklahoma, it’s about time for me to move on. Sometimes I wonder if my standards are too high. Is it too much to wish to still learn something? To be in a congregation that actually seems happy to be there? What would happen if we were to actually pay attention to the words of the Creed and say them with joy? (Good heavens, at least sound happy when you sing.)

All this to say: time for something new. Of the ten (10) churches* in town, I have been to the Baptist and the Episcopal (low) churches. There are 3 Presbyterian, 1 Episcopal (high), 1 Catholic, 1 Quaker, 1 Free Church, and 1 unknown (nondenom?) churches left. Can you guess which order I’d go through them?

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* There’s even an Orthodox church, but it only meets every third Sunday. Poor Orthodox Townsians.

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6 thoughts on “Changing planes

    • Chera says:

      There isn’t a LDS church in town, actually, if that’s what you’re meaning. We also don’t have any Lutheran or Methodist churches, which are the ones I would prefer to go to.

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  1. Megan says:

    I would go to the Quaker one first, just to have done it if nothing else. I’m fascinated, though maybe that would cease if I went to the service. I don’t know, but I’d give it a try!

    And do you know, as much as I completely understand the terminology “low” and “high,” know that I shouldn’t be offended by it, and probably like the idea of being more “low” than “high” in my casual way, I still can’t help but be slightly offended at the words. How pretentious, when it conjures up images of worthlessness among the said “low” churches. Here I go, taking semantics too much to heart again. Don’t tell Mirela. šŸ™‚

    And by the way, we should have a chat about choosing churches sometime, especially since I have the choice of only Catholic or… something else. Such a lack of choice does try one’s ideas of church and somtimes challenges one to reconsider what’s important. I’ll leave it there to be picked up again in person or at least voice-to-voice.

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    • Chera says:

      The high/low dichotomy is pretentious, but other than referring to the high one as anglo-catholic, which I don’t quite know if they’re that high, I don’t know how to refer to them.

      It is interesting how one’s choice of churches affects us. I’ve thought about Shawnee and how some people would drive to the City or somewhere else to go to church, and so here would say that technically I could go to another town, but I also tend to believe that you should go to church within your own community.

      Yes, I’ll keep a look out for you on Skype.: )

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