"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God..." (from Acts 2)
And so the Church is born, the household of God - with simplicity in fellowship, prayer, the Word, worship, and with the Lord Jesus as head. The apostles soon had the saints meeting together regularly on the first day of the week, dubbed "the Lord's Day" to commemorate the day the Lord was resurrected, our modern-day Sunday. It's a day we really enjoy...
We first met the Wagner family last year, followed by a providential encounter in Martin's grocery store. After some emails and phone calls, we started getting to know one another with visits to one another's homes. They are a dear and gracious family who love the Lord, and they are a joy to be around. The Lord has knitted our hearts as we have spent time together discussing views on family, church, theology, leadership, schooling, etc., as well as learning each other's backgrounds and having some good old fun. After some months, we decided to take the plunge and started meeting together as a fledgling church. We swap hosting, hospitality, and teaching back and forth.
We've enjoyed fellowshipping with several visitors including the Murphy family and their five children who were in the area from Washington State, a local farm intern who stopped by as he searches for a church to attend, and Deb's mom who has visited a few times.
Our Lord's Days together typically start with greetings, smiles, and chat, followed by prayer and singing some hymns (some chosen ahead, some chosen spontaneously). Then we'll usually share about what is going on in life, praises and testimonies on how the Lord is working, concerns and prayer requests, then prayer together. Then, more hymns (we'd like to start learning some psalms in parts soon), followed by the main teaching with some expansion and/or questions by the other men.
We pray and move to the eating area to celebrate the Lord's Supper with the elements and a meal (thanks, ladies!). A couple of hours of relaxed fellowship follow, and eventually we disperse home -- encouraged and thankful for the blessing of those whom God has brought into our life.