Ekklesia Monticello – a TRUE alternative to TYPICAL Church

Whether its traditional church or contemporary big box worship, are you tired of typical Church on a Sunday morning and longing for something that is really different and not the same ole same ole?

Me too! That’s why I’ve started an alternative gathering, based on 1 Cor 14:26,  to try to quench that thirst and yearning in my own soul and offer it to others as well.  This alternative seems quite biblical!  And a bit radical – “When you come to the meeting each of you has something to share.”  What?

“So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight…Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other…When we worship the right way, God brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.”
I Corinthians 14:26-33
(MSG)

Here are 8 questions to help you discover the benefits of Ekklesia and discern if it’s for you.

  1. Do we want God to actually show up in church meetings?
  2. Are we willing for God to interrupt, override, and change our program, agenda, and structure?
  3. What if many people spoke in worship meetings instead of just one?
  4. What if those speakers all shared spontaneously from their heart?
  5. What if the things that they said fit together beautifully?
  6. And what if this happened every Sunday morning?
  7. Wouldn’t that be an indication that something other than a human being was directing those meetings?
  8. Wouldn’t you like to experience a meeting like that?

 

EKKLESIA MONTICELLO
First Gathering May 6th 6:00pm
at Bill and Janene’s Home 9875 101st St. NE Monticello

 

A couple of quotes to consider…

 

“I do not believe that such groups as these (AA) are perfect any more than anything is perfect, but I believe that the church has an enormous amount to learn from them. I also believe that what goes on in them is far closer to what Christ meant his church to be, and what it originally was, than much of what goes on in most churches I know. These groups have no buildings or official leadership or money. They have no rummage sales, no altar guilds, no every-member canvases. They have no preachers, no choirs, no liturgy, no real estate. They have no creeds. They have no programs. They make you wonder if the best thing that could happen to many a church might not be to have its buildings burn down and to lose all its money. Then all that the people would have left would be God and each other.”

FREDERICK BUECHNER

 

“Jesus never asked anyone to form a church, ordain priests, develop elaborate rituals and institutional cultures, and splinter into denominations. His two great requests were that we “love one another as I have loved you” and that we share bread and wine together as an open channel of that interabiding love.”

CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT