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August 18, 2008


St Paul's United Methodist Church and garden in Rushville Indiana
I attended Sunday services at St Paul's United Methodist Church in Rushville, Indiana on August 17, 2008. This was my first time specifically attending a Methodist church. By my lights, this was a fairly mellow and restrained service all around, which is about what I would expect from Methodists. There was fellowship and praising the Lord, but not a lot of high emoting. Numerous congregants made a point of talking to me, but they weren't carrying on like they're "on fire for the Lord" or such - which is just as well by me.

Pastor Nan Chizmar was on vacation, so we had a sermon instead by Randy Stewart. I would characterize his sermon as more of a Sunday school lesson rather than preaching. Saying it differently, his talk on the book of Ruth and the meaning of redemption was more intellectual than emotional. A lot of very good sermons are stemwinders that are about mood altering, working up a congregation with little real meaning if you looked at the words on paper. Brother Stewart was more trying to actually say something about the idea of redemption, based on the story of Ruth.

All in all it was a nice service, but my main reason for attending this particular church was their garden. I spend a lot of time hiking around Rushville, and I've come to spend a lot of time in the garden between the church and their school. It's a good place to stop for a rest, and has become my favorite meditation spot. I've spent a good many hours this summer sitting in this garden at the foot of the cross, and trying to think how to act. The middle of August is a little past the fullest prime of the garden, but it's still quite lovely, as you can see by THESE PICTURES.
St Paul's Methodist Church garden in Rushville, Indiana


posted by Al at 8/18/2008 12:36:00 PM

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