Church This Morning

Over the past almost-year of traveling again I feel like we have mostly floated away from what we called church, what we knew as worship, what role it had in our lives, and what it meant to us.

Recalculating

Whether we cut ourselves free or were pushed I can’t yet say. I also can’t say where our destination is.

What I do know is that we are reading a few different books (mostly suggested by others that seem to be in a similar spot), having a number of conversations around the topic, and trying to let God show us where we need to be.

Easter Sunday

Last Sunday was Easter Sunday. I just could not stomach the thought of getting ourselves dressed and out the door and driving 30 minutes to a new church we found online. 

Then dealing with the awkwardness of introductions to people whom you know you’ll never likely see again.

Christmas

We did that at Christmas. We found a church attend and try to celebrate the Saviors Birth and instead got distracted with a worship band that felt led to re-mix every single Christmas hymn.

We spent the whole service trying to figure out how to not sing the wrong note or word rather than focus on the meaning of the song.

DIY Church

So we traded that awkwardness for the awkwardness of doing our own thing and find a scenic spot to walk to as a family. We prayed, had Harrison lead some songs on the guitar, and then took turns reading through the Easter story. 

And yes, it was awkward.

Turns out we don’t know those songs as well as we thought we did. Turns out it takes more effort to do the prayer yourself. Turns out reading the entire account of Jesus’s crucifixion, death and resurrection, aloud takes longer than you’d think.

But in spite of that, it felt right.

Solo Church

This morning I stepped out on a walk down to the Verde River which borders the campground we are in. No one else wanted to go so it became a time of reflection and thinking again on the whole topic of church and worship.

I’m not really ready to say more - yet anyway - as we are still trying to figure it out.

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

A heron on the river was among the little company I found

A heron on the river was among the little company I found

View from the trail

View from the trail

The sound I was seeking

The sound I was seeking

What is it that draws us to the rushing water over the calm?

What is it that draws us to the rushing water over the calm?

Church this morning

Church this morning

Do we develop our own signs of higher-water times?

Do we develop our own signs of higher-water times?

Loner self-portrait

Loner self-portrait

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Sunday morning on the Verde River, Cottonwood AZ

Neat early '70s Ford Truck at the trail head

Neat early '70s Ford Truck at the trail head

A Request

Just pray for us, that God would reveal His true nature to us, and lead us to a true and honest place of value and worship irrespective of our history or background.

6 Comments Church This Morning

  1. Picture of ChadChadApril 10, 2013

    Hey Mike,

    I find this to be a fascinating part of your journey. I understand the struggle. Our own ‘family worship’ times seldom live up to how I imagined them. But the effort matters. To your kids, it matters. In your case, do you fear falling away from orthodox Christianity in favor of an Oprah style “spirituality”. I don’t mean any offense by that. Is that a risk without a “traditional” church experience? To be sure, the people are the body of Christ, not the building. And Christianity in America has become unrecognizable in the mega church movement. But is withdrawing completely swinging the pendulum too far in the other direction. I ask this just as much of myself as I do of you. With all the politics and other junk that goes on in my own church, I’ve seriously thought of pulling out in favor of family worship many times, but I haven’t pulled the trigger. You are kind of in that boat as a matter of necessity. This post explains how “church” has changed for you, but overall has this mobile living arrangement deepened your walk with God? That would be an interesting post. Your lifestyle seems to leave ample time for reflection and reading, and you mentioned your wife and kids having read through the entire Bible. Seems to me that while “church” may be a struggle, your personal walk has benefited.

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkApril 10, 2013

    Hey Chad - There’s no fear here really. We’re still Jesus-followers and that won’t change.  I’m still reluctant to talk about about our current area of study as I’d like to be more well thought out about it all.

    But certainly our mode of life makes it difficult to impossible to be lazy in our faith. We can’t just show up, drop the kids off at youth group, and go home figuring we have it covered.

  3. Picture of Jennie AndersonJennie AndersonFebruary 25, 2016

    Thanks so much for your transparency. As we think about possibly starting a life on the road, this topic is a great concern of ours.  Faith walks are constantly evolving, as they should, so it will be nice to hear how yours continues.  Praying for you and your family.

  4. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkFebruary 25, 2016

    Thanks Jennie! I recently posted a 4-part update about our faith journey.  You can find the first part of that here.

  5. Picture of estherestherJanuary 15, 2017

    After going through some sad experiences recently in what we thought would be our “forever” church home, we felt it necessary to leave. This has been difficult, and finding a new church even more so. I’ve been thinking lately on this topic as well, and I keep coming back to Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. How do we do this without the gathering together with other believers; iron sharpening iron? I long for that community and relationships, but as I get older, I like what I see in the church less and less, starting to feel like I have less in common with most, especially since we homeschool also, and not wanting to expose our boys to what the public school is spitting out into the youth groups. Tired of the typical “American Christianity” that has infiltrated our churches, lack of knowledge and doctrine. Anyway, blessings on you and your family in this place the Lord has allowed you to be in. ;)

  6. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkJanuary 15, 2017

    Hi Esther - you’re definitely asking a lot of the same questions we asked.

    The big thing for me was the realization that current-day model of church in North America isn’t in the Bible.

    No dedicated buildings. No paid professional speakers. No putting on the “Sunday Best”.

    Just some vague references in Acts about getting together in each other’s homes.

    This sent us down a path of adaptation and change with regard to how we walk out our faith. Read more about that journey.

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