I've been thinking a lot about the Christian & Missionary Alliance lately. I've been working on another blog post since the end of Council that I still haven't posted. But in essence, I'm longing to return to our roots as a denomination; I'm longing to return to our roots in my own personal life.
Last week I was out for a run and snapped this picture in front of a church as I ran by. The signs were advertising some special "Healing and Wholeness" services. Years ago, "back in the day" these are the kind of signs we would have seen outside Alliance churches (or branches). But that sign wasn't outside of my own church; I found this sign outside of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. On their website they explain:
On the last Sunday of each month, we offer a Healing and Wholeness Service in our Sanctuary after our 11:00am worship service (usually around 12:15pm). This unique service offers a time of great spirit and grace. We invite you to come and be prayed for by Saint Andrews' pastor and our prayer team or you may ask for prayers for others who are prominent in your heart and mind.
This sounds like the "after-service" meetings that used to happen in Alliance churches. This isn't a criticism of my own church or even of the contemporary CMA. It's actually a reflection of the growing longing of my own spiritual life.